By Jennifer Zuniga
What Tay-Sachs is
It is a generic disorder and symptoms come about after the a child is about 3-6 months of age.Both parents of the offspring contain a mutation in their chromosomes(chromosome 15). This disorder causes the body destroy neurons or nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
Effects of the Disease
- Child development process slows down
- Muscles weakened which causes disability
- Vision and hearing loss
- Intellectual disability
Treatment of the disease
There is no treatment for the disease only medication to ease symptoms and
- Pain reliever
- Physical therapy
- Family support
- Respiratory care
- Feeding tubes
What organelle is affected?
It affects the lysosomes, which are enzymes in organelles that break down large molecules that are toxic, also called recycling centers.
How does the malfunction of this organelle effect homeostasis in the body?
Since the disease makes the lysosomes not able to function properly , it causes a disfunction in the body by allowing cells build up in toxic levels in the nerve tissue