Biology: Inherited Diseases: Type 2 Diabetes

Evaluating Your Own Risk for Inherited Disease

For this assignment you will think about your individual health and health risks. What genetic diseases or problems might you face during your lifetime? Predisposition to heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes? You may consider your own health risks or those of other individuals such as a family member or friend. Then, in a paper of 750-1,000 words, address the following issues:


        Subject: Type 2 Diabetes inherited from father.



·                   What genetic diseases or problems were determined to be potential issues?

·                   Provide an introduction of the disease, outlining the major signs/symptoms of the disorder and the reason why this was selected as a genetic/inherited disease?

·                   Research the mode of inheritance for this disease/trait? Why? If you’re not able to find a specific mode of inheritance, provide a hypothesis for the mode of inheritance. Explain your thinking here very thoroughly; this should take up about half of the length of the Assignment.

·                   What other information would help you draw better conclusions about this disease?

·                   If you were to have a child, what could you tell him or her about his/her chances of inheriting the diseases based upon your research about the inheritability of the trait you are researching?



Grading for this assignment depends on the following factors:

·         Student’s work demonstrates a full and complete understanding of the topic.

·         Student’s work provides an introduction which clearly defines the scope of the project and identifies the chosen disease.

·         Student’s work provides an explanation of why the disease was chosen as a potential issue.

·         Student’s work provides specific information that would help individuals to draw better conclusions about the chosen disease (i.e., common symptoms, additional resources, etc.).

·         Student’s work provides an accurate and thorough description on the mode of inheritance of the selected disease.  Discussion is supported with additional research. The description takes up about half of the length of the assignment.

·         Student’s work thoroughly describes problems an individual would encounter when creating a medical tree and when gathering their family’s medical history.

·         Student’s work discusses various approaches to discussing the probability of inheriting the chosen genetic disorder with a child. Discussion is supported by additional research.

·         Student’s work reflects a thorough understanding on how to search the KU library and fully explains the methods used to discover at least two sources related to the topic.

·         Student’s work utilizes at least two references and explains whether the references support or contradict the student’s findings.

·         Project meets the minimum word requirements of 750 -1,000 words.

·         The use of accurate scientific terminology enhances the project.

·         APA-formatting guidelines are met.

·         References and citations are included and formatted as per APA-formatting guidelines.

·         No errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar.

·         The submitted project meets all assignment requirements.




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