Remember my daily forrays into msn.com?
Well, typical of my internet habits, after I completed my ASIC final I logged on looking for some easy reading. Somehow the superficial coverage of random news relaxes me. Amid the softball-caused deaths, a lake with a name 45 letters long, credit-card sized PCs, there was a rather interesting article that links directly to the content of my ASIC course. The very catchy title of “99k to see your future”. The topic: DNA sequencing.
It is now estimated that 20,000 genes have been discovered in the human genetic code. Some genes are connected to physical traits such as blue eyes; others help determine personality traits — whether you’re thrill-seeking or melancholic, for instance. Some genes, or collections of genes, can tell you whether you might develop breast cancer, heart disease or other conditions later in life.
My fellow ASIC’ers will surely appreciate the nuances mentioned here regarding the human genome. I particularly liked the bit about how the extra 94k (beyond the actual cost of sequencing) pays for the ” encrypted key in a sterling-silver case engraved with the Greek words for “know thyself”. Well, you are discovering your entire genome for heaven’s sake!
But the line of day?
“Your DNA is not your destiny.” Love it.