I ordered a DNA kit the other day. It’s from a place called 23andme.com. We send them a sample of saliva and they evaluate our genotype. It will tell some about who I came from, and some about what may lie ahead as far as disease goes. I am looking forward to the results. I suppose sooner or later the government and the NSA will steal the data, but so be it.

Perhaps someone will someday make a clone. It’s nature vs nurture, I wonder if he would carry my sins and failings.

Today I ate lunch with three executives. A Friday lunch with wine and drinks, appetizers and wonderful courses. One of the fellows who now worries about what private school to send his kids grew up hard. His brothers are in prison and at 15 he emancipated himself from his family, sold his food stamps for thiry cents on the dollar to generate eighty dollars a months which worked out to an old trailer and a little food. Here we sat sharing a lunch that cost four months rent.

Which was it for him, nature or nurture? Maybe it was spirit.

23 Comments on “DNA”

  1. Shannon says:

    Good inspiration to do more with what I’ve been given!

  2. You might want to respell “nuture”. Feel free to delete comment. =)

  3. My husband did something similar, but not for the medical aspect, as for the historical one. It was through AncestryByDNA.com. It was fascinating to me that, although they only got his saliva (and his name and location in the US) the DNA indicated that he had a connection to Chile (where he was born). Looking at the information, which began in Africa, it felt like watching the migration and evolution of the human race as I had been taught it in school, before so many new discoveries of ancient humans were made in other parts of the world.

  4. A DNA kit? hmm, I’m not sure if i’d want to know myself. I feel like if I knew in advance I may have a chance of developing a disease it would plague my mind subtly for a while. On the other hand, it would be very interesting to know yourself on this level.

    • billgncs says:

      That’s an interesting dilemma isn’t it? I’m older so it doesn’t matter – I’ve already lived my life, but for someone younger it could change everything.

  5. sometimes it more motivating to be determined about who you DON’T want to be!

    A DNA kit eh? Bill the CSI guy. Often folks are quite surprised by where they come from.

    Years ago I remember reading that a white woman gave birth to a black child and her white husband accused of her of cheating. A look back at the woman’s ancestry revealed that her great, great, grandmother was half black and this DNA revealed itself in her baby. I hope you share some of your results with us!

  6. Clanmother says:

    A lunch shared with friends is a memory forever!!!

  7. Eric Alagan says:

    We’re all given much – its up to us what we do with them.

    When given much worries and problems – some surmount the challenges, others blame nature and nurture.

    When given much opportunities – some squander them by living the high life, others sow the fields and watch a thousand shoots sprout.

    We’re all given much – I reckon.

    Am happy for that lunch partner of yours – in his formative years, he was given much.


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