Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Helping young children with advance in genetics

Communication disorder is a wide range of disorder, developing from a young age to adulthood with symptoms such as hearing loss, speech and language problems, like stuttering. In the last decade, scientists and researchers have tried to find the cause of the problems. Back then, before the “Decade of the Brain”, a campaign made in 1990 by George W. Bush so that it can “enhance public awareness of the benefits to be derived from brain research”, though genes were related, it wasn’t as important as it is now. Scientists and researchers then were confounded as they couldn’t find a reason as to why this particular disorder occurred, especially and mainly in young children. They knew that some disorders such as deafness was heritable, but the ideas of genes were so small, so irrelevant and so alien that they didn’t link it until a decade later.
A few years into the investigation, it was found that because of some genetic mutation, this may have contributed and caused communication disorder to become susceptible to young children. A further study has also shown that these genes were highly heritable and so this is the reason why there are so many young children of pre-school age who have communication disorder. Recently FOXP2, a gene that was found to be the origin of communication disorder – through the genetic mutation, it can cause difficulties in facial movements which can create problems in speech fluency, also found in young children (D. F. Newbury, S. E. Fisher, A. P. Monaco, 2010).
Genetic mutation can also cause delayed language development which are responsible for dyslexia and in some cases, autism. Another discovery of another gene has made it promising to identify the genetic mutations responsible for stuttering, making this disorder a medical condition, allowing scientists to explore and one day, to hopefully find a cure. By having more discoveries like this can give hope and possibly be a crucial key in helping young children who are trapped in this disorder.
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