Disease Project

Author: Brittany Shimanski

There are a few diseases that I find an interest in and would potentially like to pursue my bcm441 project on.

Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome is an autosomal dominant disease that causes children to look like they are aging. There are so many complications that are involved with this disease and it is extremely rare. This disease is caused by issues with the LMNA gene causing abnormal production of a protein called lamin A.

Alopecia areata causes patches of hair loss and is more common for people with different autoimmune diseases, but often occurs in healthy individuals. Alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis are also forms of alopecia. It is caused by the immune system attacking hair follicles, causing a loss of hair.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is fairly common and causes various forms of abdominal discomfort. There is no cure for IBS and it can greatly affect the lives of many individuals.






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