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Okay Friends, I know this blog is supposed to be about the human body... so you may ask, "What do dogs have to do with people?" A very good question, which I will answer after I diverge for a moment.

Last week my wife and I were looking for an interesting science documentary to watch, and we stumbled upon National Geographics: The Science of Dogs. (For those of you who use Netflix, this movie is available on their instant watch feature, located here: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/National-Geographic-Science-of-Dogs/70144621) Well, it is quite fascinating for a few reasons.

The first is that the majority of diversity in dog breeds has occurred in the last 150 or so years, and exists in 0.4% of the canine genome. That is a lot of difference in a very small genetic change.

The second, and one of the reasons for this post is that there was one breed of dog mentioned that has a propensity for going blind, which is due to poor absorption of vitamin A, and how that affects blood flow to the eye. This is caused by faulty coding in one particular gene for this breed of dog. The fascinating part is that geneticists/scientists have figured out how to correct the faulty coding, stick it into a virus, and inject the dog. The virus then inserts the new genetic code, which replicates and fixes the faulty code with the new correct code. The end result is that blind dogs regain their sight. This is gene therapy in action. And I never thought I'd see this in my lifetime, but it seems like it will probably enter human medicine in the next 20 years. This is both exciting and scary, for its possibility to cure is incredible, as is its possibility for misuse. Regardless, it will be coming in the future... and pretty soon.

Cheers,

Mark Pearlscott
Licensed Massage Practitioner
Treatment Massage - Seattle Massage Therapy for Injury Rehabilitation/Treatment and Pain Relief
4500 9th Ave NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105
206-234-9929

All material copyright 1999 - 2017
by Mark Pearlscott and Treatment Massage.

Treatment Massage - The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic
4500 9th Avenue NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105
All material copyright 1999 - 2017
by Mark Pearlscott and Treatment Massage.

Treatment Massage - The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic
4500 9th Avenue NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105