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Our SAITO software supports a student having multiple genetic challenges. So a student could undergo DNA testing and choose to share with us that he or she has, for example, a defective ADNP gene on chromosome 20. This would be Helmsmoortel-van der Aa syndrome. And the same student could have a defective MCM6 gene on chromosome 2 that contributes to lactose intolerance. For many genes there’s a measurable or observable difference in the span of the micro-deletion, the mutation of the nucleotide bases or the repetition count of tri-nucleotides. So a fair comparison of individual velocity of learning would be to analyze other students with similar DNA.

Normally, chromosomes occurs in pairs. Most humans have 46 chromosomes in 23 pairs. When one has three copies of chromosome 21 the result is almost always Down Syndrome. It has turned out one need not have three complete copies of chromosome 21. It is possible to have two complete copies and a fraction.

A translocation occurs when something breaks in not just one, but two chromosomes so genes or parts of genes that should be on chromosome 8, for example,  wind up on chromosome 21 and vice versa. In many instances of that particular scenario the student is predisposed to acute myoblastic leukemia.

In 1947 American pediatrician Sidney Farber (September 30, 1903 – March 30, 1973) was desperate to save some of his patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia so he gave them folic acid supplements and likely accelerated their deaths. We’d prefer to avoid such an outcome. So we’d want to know at the very least that practicing Tai Chi Chuan would NOT worsen a student’s health. In addition, we’d like to provide individual “homework” exercises that might help with specific future conditions.

 

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