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“Good morning, what can I do for you?” a lady in a suit smiled at us warmly by the counter. I look at Eric with a worried look while holding his hand tightly. He looked down at me comforting us. We’ve been married for 5 years and yet I still haven’t got pregnant. I have been told that I couldn’t get pregnant for my whole life. My husband I and decided to get assistance of reproductive technology to have a child. I have been doing researches and I had found some different types of treatments to get pregnant. The disease i have gotten is not serious but it results me not getting pregnant for my life. I had a hard time accepting this unfortunate news but I don’t want to give up on me and my husband’s child. The disease was called Gonadal Dysgenesis. Gonadal Dysgenesis is any inheriteddevelopmental disorder of the reproductive system characterized by a progressive loss of primordial germ cells on the developing gonads of an embryo. My fallopian tube was blocked. There was a congenital absence of eggs. My female productive ovary could not produce eggs. I have decided to take the medical decision ART. Full term Assisted Reproductive Technology.
In vitro fertilization is when the fertilization outside of the body is called. IVF is the most effective ART. It is often used when a woman's Fallopian tubes are blocked or when a man produces too few sperm. Doctors treat the woman with a drug that causes the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Once mature, the eggs are removed from the woman. They are put in a dish in the lab along with the man's sperm for fertilization. After 3 to 5 days, healthy embryos are implanted in the woman's uterus. That was our choice for pregnancy. There were other choices but I had a research and our choice suited my conditions better. Although it did sound quick and simple, some issues concern me. It has an increased risk of low birth weight associated with the use of assisted reproductive technology and has been attributed largely to the higher rate of multiple gestations associated with such technology. It is uncertain but however, whether singleton infants conceived with the use of assisted reproductive technology may also have a higher risk of low birth weight than those who are conceived spontaneously. These arguments relate to society of the risk of a new born baby’s death which who it is to blame.
I have heard that Australia had achieved the world’s highest pregnancy and live birth rates through assisted reproductive technology. The success rate of IVF is around 47% under 30 years old. With lower rate of a result, women over 40years old only have a success rate around 19%. This year I’m turning 26 years old which I have a higher rate of pregnancy.
Eric nodded and hugged me tightly. “So you would like the operation to be started next week?” the lady in the suit smiled while typing the booking on the computer. “Our child would be gorgeous, let’s name him Nick if it’s a boy and Jessica if it’s a girl.” I nodded smiling back at him. The success rate might not be 100% but there is always time to try again. I looked up into the blue sky smiling while walking out the clinic holding Eric’s arm tightly. I know that our child would be gorgeous.

IVFAustralia. 2011. IVF Success Rates. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 19 September 12].

Wikipedia. 2012. Gonadal Dysgenesis. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 19 September 12].
Wikipedia. 2012. Assisted Reproductive Technology. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 19 September 12].

Topic -Health, Disease and Case Studies

Examples of Types of Disease Categories:
  • physical
  • psychological
  • social disease
  • communicable/non-communicable diseases
  • life style diseases
  • viral diseases
  • enviromental diseases

Examples of Diseases:
Virus Diseases-Parainfluenza virus, cytomegalovirus
Social Diseases-Chlamydia,Syphilis
Life Style-Diabetes, Heart Disease
Enviromental Diseases-Allergies and Asthma,Cancer

Minamata Disease:

Minamata Disease is a enviromental disease, a neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning. Symptoms can include ataxia, numbness in the hands and feet, general muscle weakness, narrowing of the field of vision and damage to hearing and speech. In extreme cases, insanity, paralysis, coma, and death follow within weeks of the onset of symptoms.
It is first been found in Japan, Minamata city in 1956. It was released by a pollution which is toxic in a chemical factory.

Well done Yuning, you have made a start to your wiki page.
It`s good to add the link to the source/s you have looked at during your research.
You can add all your homework here, though I know you are also using your notebook.
Well done, and good work asking clarifying questions in class.
Mrs S

The problem the scientists were working to solve.
The discovery they made and how they made it.
The implications on society (then and today).
Howard Walter Florey
Medicine called Penicillin was made to cure diseases
  • A type of antibiotic, it destroys bacteria and is widely used as a treatment for diseases caused by bacteria.
  • Florey was part of the team that discovered penicillin as an antibiotic.
Penicillin was widely used around the world in 1950s to cure different types of infectious diseases. A lot of parents brought their kids to have a vaccination to prevent their children from contracting any deadly diseases. Doctors could kill the bacteria by infecting their cuts or wounds.
Edward Jenner
To develop the Smallpox disease vaccine and stop Smallpox threatening people with this fearsome disease
  • Patients that worked with cattle and had cowpox that was a milder disease never contracted smallpox.
  • Jenner extracted some pus from the sores of an infected person. Then he made two small cuts into the patient’s arm and poured that liquid in
Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccine was one of the most significant medical breakthroughs of the century that saved countless number of lives. In 1980 World Health Organization declared smallpox an eradicated disease and that was his legacy.
Louis Pasteur
Investigating the reasons that beer and wine would go sour, making it taste unpleasant and unfit to drink.
He found:
  • Round-shaped microbes - These were the yeast microbes that allowed fermentation. Fermentation is the process of turning sugar molecules into alcohol.
  • Rod-shaped microbes - these were bacteria and these were the cause of the souring of their beers and wines
  • Pasteur decided that he would heat these solutions at different temperatures and found that this would kill the unwanted bacteria.
Developed pasteurization which is used all over the world especially for dairy products. Pasteur developed vaccines for anthrax and rabies. His work inspired Joseph Lister to develop antiseptics that would be used prior to surgery. This would and still does save millions of lives.
Robert Koch

Alexander Fleming
Fleming wanted to find a cure to bacterial infections that killed so many during the war.
  • After the war Fleming searched for antibacterial agents. He discovered that antiseptics killed the patient’s immune system more effectively than it killed the bacterial infection.
  • Alexander Fleming accidently rediscovered the antibiotic penicillin
  • He also discovered vey early that: bacteria developed immunity to the antibiotic if not enough penicillin is used.
Fleming proved that antiseptic harmed deep wounds of soldiers, removing the patient's immunity defences and ineffectively killing bacterial infection.