ALD 2 - His parents’ determination for him to survive led...

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Lauren Wells APBIO ALD, or adrenoleukodystrophy, is a rare genetic disease passed from a mother to her son. People with ALD have high levels of very long chains of saturated fatty acids It is a ruthless disease that breaks down the myelin surrounding nerve cells in the brain. The affects of this disease are paralysis, hearing loss, blindness, loss of motor skill, and eventually may lead to a vegetative state. Some symptoms of ALD are hyperactivity, a decrease in performance at cool, aphasia, difficulties swallowing and muscle spasms. One boy named Lorenzo Odone was plagued with this disease.
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Unformatted text preview: His parents’ determination for him to survive led to the discovery of a treatment, which reduced the lipids in his blood to normal. The very affective treatment included oleic acid and euric acid mixed together. Lorenzo is still alive to day and turned 28 years old on May 29, 2006 in Virginia. His mother, Michaela Odone, died of Cancer in June 2000 and his father, Augusto Odone, still works in an office in the Myelin Project Headquarters located just outside of Washington D.C....
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This note was uploaded on 10/31/2011 for the course BIO 102 taught by Professor Robinson during the Spring '09 term at UPenn.

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