Interesting DNA Technology

This exhibit was about using a technology so two women could predict what their future children, created using the DNA markers of both parents, would look like.

Our kids were getting a little restless by this point, so I didn’t really have time to read through it thoroughly — my impression is that there are still too many errors in the process (why? some science reason) to have this really workable yet, but it’s getting closer and closer every day. Interesting.

“Due to errors when acquiring genetic data with current technology and how interpretation of this data is still being researched, SNPs are sometimes discarded as no better than fortune telling. But research is rapidly progressing and, as accuracy increases, the day will surely come when SNPs leave the realm of ‘fortune telling.’ The interpretations of these SNPs is based on the SNPedia database, while the data integrating them and the parts that were unclear or for which there was no SNP data are all the creation of the artist.”

(Single nucleotide polymorphisms, frequently called SNPs (pronounced “snips”), are the most common type of genetic variation among people.)

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