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Which One To Choose?
Today, Amy and I presented our biology professor a few of the ideas we had formulated for our research project and asked for his input.  Originally we had thought about cancer research and that had been one of our main focuses.  Unfortunately that is one of the most prominently suggested ideas in some of the research sites they provided, and more than likely it would be a common problem for many of the other teams.

Another thought that we had was creating a robot using nanotechnology that would alter the DNA of unborn Down's Syndrome babies.  After talking to Dr. Englin, our professor, we realized what a massive undertaking that would be.  One of the main reasons is that by the time we can recognize that the unborn baby has Down's Syndrome, there are already thousands of the cells with the faulty DNA in the infant's body.  The procedure could also be life threatening.  

Some of the ideas Dr. Englin suggested was designing a robot to repair the optic nerve, and creating a robot to repair the  muscles which have separated from the bones of the ear to cure hearing loss.  Finally, he suggested inventing a robot that could help fix pinched Sciatic nerves by using a laser to drill a slightly larger hole in the bone in order to give the nerve a little more flexibility.
   
I'm not quite sure which one, if any, we will choose, we're probably going to need a little more research before making an adequate choice.

Posted by Wendy at 07:52:00 PM on 10/17/2006

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Which One To Choose?

Today, Amy and I presented our biology professor a few of the ideas we had formulated for our research project and asked for his input.  Originally we had thought about cancer research and that had been one of our main focuses.  Unfortunately that is one of the most prominently suggested ideas in some of the research sites they provided, and more than likely it would be a common problem for many of the other teams.

Another thought that we had was creating a robot using nanotechnology that would alter the DNA of unborn Down's Syndrome babies.  After talking to Dr. Englin, our professor, we realized what a massive undertaking that would be.  One of the main reasons is that by the time we can recognize that the unborn baby has Down's Syndrome, there are already thousands of the cells with the faulty DNA in the infant's body.  The procedure could also be life threatening.  

Some of the ideas Dr. Englin suggested was designing a robot to repair the optic nerve, and creating a robot to repair the  muscles which have separated from the bones of the ear to cure hearing loss.  Finally, he suggested inventing a robot that could help fix pinched Sciatic nerves by using a laser to drill a slightly larger hole in the bone in order to give the nerve a little more flexibility.
   
I'm not quite sure which one, if any, we will choose, we're probably going to need a little more research before making an adequate choice.

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