This week I learned a great deal about race, health, and genetics. When looking through this weeks material it was very interesting learning how these elements interact and how they do not interact. For instance, being in a certain race makes you more susceptible to some diseases concerning health and can even relate to genetics. For instance, different races come from different parts of the world, these people have different climates, foods, and adaptations and also different risks of diseases. Like the boys who begin to pee out blood because of the infected waters that they swim in. This is mostly prevalent where this certain population exists making their race more prone to catching this illness. This goes for other parts of the world also and like how radiation poisoning affected certain children who lived in areas exposed to certain chemicals. Although environment has a lot to do with illnesses in races, genetics also takes part in the health of certain populations of people. Tay Sachs disease is most prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews. As we can see from the graph above Canadians also seem to have a high rate of illness in Tay Sachs. Although anyone can be a carrier for this genetic disorder I think it is more probably for Jews to get the illness because they tend to marry and procreate with people in their own village and sometimes in their own family. This makes them have a much higher risk if they are in the same family and the parents are both carriers of Tay Sachs. This increases a child’s chance of having this disease. I am unsure why Jews are more likely to be Tay Sachs carriers, however it does make sense that there children become ill with Tay Sachs because Jews like to marry other Jews who are similar to them.
Jorde, LB. 2007, Human Genetic Variation and Disease, In Meyers RA (ed.), Genomics and Genetics: From Molecular Details to Analysis and Techniques, pp. 939-953, Weinheim: Wiley-VCH Publishers, pp. 939-953. Visited July 10,2014.