We are moving on from genetic diseases to cancer. You see, cancer is not considered a genetic disease. It can happen to any person, whether or not they have a family history (but once a family history is involved, there can be a genetic component). We will learn how cancer tends to come about, why it can be so deadly, and then how people are trying to fight it (and why there are so many complications to treatment).
Here are some facts about cancer to help you begin to understand how it fits into these lessons:
You will be learning about cells, the ways they move, and the ways they divide in this unit. Do you see how all of these things relate to cancer? You will also be learning a lot more about genes, and this will help you to understand what occurs when a cell gets "messed up" to become cancerous.
When it is possible to re-connect with muscular dystrophy, we will. And I will also bring up cloning a little bit when it becomes possible. However, the main focus of these next few weeks will be cancer.
Lessons in this unit:
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