How mutations can be either beneficial or harmful

    “DNA and RNA, Genes, Mutations, and Gene Therapies”
    Note: Online students, please respond to one of the following four bulleted items.

    • Examine three differences between DNA and RNA then explain two main reasons why DNA is the most favorable molecule for genetic material. Next suggest how RNA compares to DNA in regards to genetic material.

    • Go to The Guardian website and read the article titled “Mind-control device lets people alter genes in mice through power of thought” found here. Next discuss three main points of the article you found most significant then explain two ways the article you read relates to this week’s lesson. Provide examples of this relation with your response.

    • Mutations are the original source of genetic variation. Explain how mutations can be either beneficial or harmful then provide an example for each. Next identify a disease, which is caused by a mutation, and then describe the biological basis of your chosen disease. In your response be sure to note the exact disease causing mutation.

    • Briefly describe the biology behind DNA-based Vaccines and Gene Therapy. Next suggest what you believe are the major similarities and differences between these two therapies. Which do you believe is the best option? Justify your response.

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