Thursday, August 2, 2007

Genetics Research and MS


For the past few days my inbox has been overflowing with notices about the BIG MS breakthrough.
Look at the headline in yesterday’s inbox, virtually live from Channel 7 news in Miami:


  • Big Breakthrough for the Cure of Multiple Sclerosis

    *Bubbie yawns…so tired…. (Maybe cynicism is a MS symptom)

    According to Wickopedia: The physical development and phenotype of organisms can be thought of as a product of genes interacting with each other and with the environment[3], and genes can be considered as units of inheritance.

    So, on every one of those amazing spiral staircases in the organism that is Bubbie, there are the genetic codes that say I have brown hair, am right handed , my second toe is longer than the big one, and I would not be surprised if there was one that says I like Thai food.

    Now back to the big news. It’s called IL7.
    I honestly believe that the study of the human genome is a facinating field, not unlike unlocking the secrets of the galaxies. And just like unlocking the secrets of the galaxies, I believe that the picture is bigger than we can comprehend. It’s like they are finding pieces of a never ending puzzle. They know it’s a puzzle piece, but where does it fit?
    And, it’s not that I don’t admire and have the greatest respect for those researchers putting long hours in their labs, fearlessly charting and mapping where now man has charted and mapped before. I do, but what am I to think when they then say that having this gene does not mean you will develop Multiple Sclerosis.

    Ok, so back to the definition of it interacting with the environment.
    What if:
    · You have the gene and you never went out in the sun and got enough vitamin D?(last week’s inbox)
    · You have the gene and the house you grew up in was built on what is new a SuperFund clean-up site and it was geographically between two particular latitudes?
    · You have the gene and you had a horrible virus while you were living in a darkened room in a house that was built on a toxic waste dump, that was between two particular geographical lattitudes?
    And, this is for my friend TT:
    *You have the gene and you forgot to wear your tinfoil hat while you contracted a virus, while living in a darkened room in a house built on a toxic waste dump, that was between two particular geographical lattitudes?


    Maybe we should wait for the movie.

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