Genetics, Brain Structure, and Behavior Presentation

Topics: Basal ganglia, Huntington's disease, Genetic disorder Pages: 3 (1263 words) Published: June 14, 2011
Genetics, Brain Structure, and Behavior Presentation Evaluation Ryan Banta
June 13, 2011
Kristin Merritte

Genetics, Brain Structure, and Behavior Presentation Evaluation In the third week of Biological psychology, or at is otherwise known, Psy340, each team in the class was assigned to do a presentation of an illness. While the team I was on concentrated on Bipolar disorder, the other teams chose to do something else entirely, which was just fine since it would be pointless doing an evaluation. After looking at the presentation that the other teams had done, I had decided on Team C’s Presentation of Huntington’s Disease. The main reason I chose to do the presentation on Huntington’s disease that I know next to nothing on Huntington’s and it would be a great learning experience for me. Huntington’s Disease is defined as a hereditary disorder with mental and physical deterioration leading to death. Although characterized as an “adult on-set” disease, it can affect children as well (Medterms, 1998). Huntington’s is a genetic disorder that main affects people in their 40’s and 50’s (Team C, 2011). I mainly affects the brain which leads to a gradual loss of control of movement along with memory loss and a loss of mental ability (Team C, 2011). I suppose you could say it is essentially a breakdown of the brain and the functions that are accompanied with it (Team C, 2011). With Huntington’s disease comes certain personality changes and depression along with some other mental illnesses (Team C, 2011). As of now there is no known cure but there have been a few case studies researching the possibility of a cure (Team C, 2011). Huntington’s disease has a pattern known as “autosomal dominance” (Team C, 2011). Autosomes Are the chromosomes inside the cells of the body aside from the sex chromosomes (Team C, 2011). This is where our body’s genetic information is stored and located (Team C, 2011). The genetic abnormality that is normally associated with...
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