Monday, July 05, 2010
OK, my blogs are usually rants about stuff going wrong or things that stress me out, but I thought I'd share something fun with everyone!
I had my DNA analyzed by 23andme recently. My boyfriend got this for me as a gift during a one day sale that brought down the priice of this testing considerably. Basically you spit in a test tube, send it off to the labs, and then in 4-6 weeks you can see your results online!
You learn so much, I learned that my maternaal ancestry originated in Norway (somehow those Vikings made their way to Germany and/or Ireland where my great-great-grandparents are from). I also learned that I have lowered chances of developing melanoma, heart disease and macular degeneration but an increased risk of developing lupus and stroke.
Sparkepoeple will be interested to know that this test told me for the most part, I have average risk of developing obesity (can't blame my genes!) and that I will benefit from a mediterrean diest because people with my genes show a decrease in waist size when consuming a dieet rich in good fats!
But here's the real gift from science as I see it- the test also tells you what genetic diseases you are aa carrier for. I found out I'm a genetic carrier of Cystic Fibrosis and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. My boyfriend is not a carrier for these or any other disease, but what if we found out he was a carrier for cystic fibrosis also? If we ever decided to have a family we could make a choice. Would we want to bring a child into this world that would likely know much suffering? Average lifespan for this diseas is 35 years. On the other hand, medical advances are always developing and in the near future this disease may be manageable. Or - we could give our love to a child by adopting instead. But we have a choice.
Fortunately, we don't have to make that choice because only one of us is a carrier, but I love that now thanks to science you can know these things and make a choice if you need to.
Cool stuff, huh? :-)