Kenji Ikehara

DirectorThe Open University of JapanJapan

Kenji Ikehara is a professor and director in Nara Study Center of the Open University of Japan. He is also a fellow of International Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) of Japan and an Emeritus Professor of Nara Women’s University. He graduated from Department of Industrial Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University in 1968 and received his B. Eng (1968), and successively M. Eng. (1970) and D. Eng. (1976) degrees from Kyoto University. He engaged in studies on Sporulation Initiation of Bacillus subtilis and on the origins and evolutional processes of microbial genes, the genetic code, and proteins during around 30 years in Nara Women’s University. Consequently, he has proposed GC-NSF(a) hypothesis on the origin of Genes, GNC-SNS hypothesis on the genetic code, protein 0th-order structure hypothesis on proteins and [GADV]-protein world hypothesis on the origin of life.

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The studies on genetic disorders have been rapidly advancing in recent years as to be able to understand the reasons why genetic disorders are caused. The first Section of this volume provides readers with background and several methodologies for understanding genetic disorders. Genetic defects, diagnoses and treatments of the respective unifactorial and multifactorial genetic disorders are reviewed in the second and third Sections. Certainly, it is quite difficult or almost impossible to cure a genetic disorder fundamentally at the present time. However, our knowledge of genetic functions has rapidly accumulated since the double-stranded structure of DNA was discovered by Watson and Crick in 1956. Therefore, nowadays it is possible to understand the reasons why genetic disorders are caused. It is probable that the knowledge of genetic disorders described in this book will lead to the discovery of an epoch of new medical treatment and relieve human beings from the genetic disorders of the future.

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