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Who is truly comfortable with his or her own genetic story?
The idea that some recording angel of polypeptides has already written a good chunk of one's future is ...confining. We want to think we're in the driver's seat of our lives.
I sent a sample of my saliva to a company called 23 and Me. They analyzed it and prepared a report on what they found out about me. My ancestry. My susceptibility to certain diseases. The degree to which I might be prone to certain addictions. My anticipated lifespan. And more than I really wanted to know about my earwax.
When the email came back with a link to my results, I let it sit there. For days. I didn't open it until my producer Patrick actually made me do it. Too many answers, you know?
Today on our show, you'll hear about what I did learn and what a UConn genetics researcher learned when he did the same thing. 23 and Me. It's destiny in a test tube.
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