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Biology occurs in everyday life more than you can ever imagine. In this case, it might occur in my family a little more than the average. Over the years my family has carried the colorblind gene. From my great great grandpa to my papa to me, it has been carried down with the years. Colorblindness happens when there are problems in the color sensing pigments in the nerve cells of an eye. These cells are commonly called cones.
So even if you have one pigment missing, you might have a problem telling the differences in many shades of color. Most colorblindness can be caused in a genetic problem. About 1 in 10 men will suffer from this hereditary disease but it’s a lot less common in females. Colorblindness is usually passed down from the mother to son on the 23rd chromosome. This chromosome is a sex chromosome. But if a girl would be colorblind a woman would need to get two copies of the gene that could lead to it. They would get one from their mother and one from their dad.
For such a common disease, there should be a cure right? There have been many attempts to find a cure to this abnormality of the eye but most have failed. This is so because the cures can be expensive, risky, and this many people have been able to live with this disease. But there is one up and coming cure. Its tinted lenses that alter the way the light enters the eye and experts say it’s the same concept as “high definition” TVs. Although this helps improve the ability to see colors, it does not help distinguish the difference in colors. And that is what people with colorblindness suffer from.
To add, I am colorblind. My mother’s dad was also colorblind, and he passed thought my mom to me. So my mom was the carrier of this disease. Also, every boy cousin that I have on my mothers side is also colorblind, as well as my brother.
I belive that I wouldn’t have understood as much as I did without taking this Biology class. It helped me understand how it is heritable...