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Tay-Sachs Disease: Good Genes Gone Bad

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At this time, there is no treatment or cure for Tay-Sachs, only palliative care to alleviate the symptoms of the disease (``Tay Sachs Disease``,1984). Many people require chest physiotherapy to deal with their respiratory problems, massage therapy in order to induce muscle relaxation and flexibility, medication to control seizures, feeding tubes in order to receive food and drink, and many other forms of aid in order to continue to go about their lives (McKusick & Hamosh, 1986). Scientists and medical researchers are working to find a cure for Tay-Sachs, and in doing so have developed new treatment methods such as enzyme replacement therapy, molecular chaperone therapy, and gene therapy. However, these treatments still have their obstacles, and are not yet ready for clinical use (``Tay-Sachs disease``,

Until the time when a cure is discovered, parents must raise their babies and young children knowing in the back of their minds that these children will have no future (Braiker, 2013). Even those individuals with late onset Tay-Sachs that have the chance of living a normal life span still face constant difficulties in their daily lives. For instance, they have trouble opening containers, are very clumsy, and have challenges finding work as a result of their speech impediments and muscle weakness. Not to mention that they are doomed to spend the rest of their lives in wheelchairs due to their weak lower extremity musculature (``Living With Late Onset Tay-Sachs, It’s Not Just An Infant Disease``).

Tay-Sachs is one of over six thousand genetic diseases that have a severe impact and cause enormous suffering for affected persons and their families (``Hope Through Knowledge``). Symptoms include muscle weakness, paralysis, ataxia, and cognitive impairment. Typically, the condition results in death by age five in the early onset form and progressive gradual impairment and suffering in those with the milder forms of the disease. Sadly, there is no sufficient treatment or cure for Tay-Sachs. There have been gains in genetic testing such that it is now possible to prevent the birth of children with the disease. In addition, hopefully, research on gene therapy and other similar treatments will lead to a cure for this absolutely devastating disease.


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Conclusion: Everyone knows or has heard of a person with a genetic disorder, but hardly anyone has the ability to put themselves into these peoples’ shoes. These are just ordinary people who did nothing to deserve their disorders. In this sense, genetic diseases bring about a lack of justice.

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