Maria’s Hot Designer Genes

images-1I’ve wondered from time to time what Maria’s and my children might look like.  What shade of coffee?  How tall?  Maybe I wonder because  I’m just as white as I was when I left the States for this island of enchantment under the sun.  My eyes are hazel sometimes, brown other times.  In contrast, Maria’s skin is a St. Tropez bronze; her eyes are dark as night.  Her hair’s thick and shiny, whereas mine is fifty shades of brown and tends to wisp.  Heck, at twenty four, I’m only starting to shave every day.  So, now that Maria and I are engaged and planning to have a kid together someday, I wonder about our kids — because some quirky things can happen when genes mix — am I right?  I’m asking myself,  “What are the odds Maria and I will have an exceptional kid —  smart and good-looking?”  Such a question is conceited and shallow, I realize.  Even so,  I want my genes to shine!

Today, I stumbled on an article by blogger Lior Pachter that made me laugh and eased my mind.  His interest is computational biology.  Anyway, Pachter did some research and found that the perfect human (genetically speaking) is Puerto Rican!  Seems I’m literally marrying the perfect woman.

Definitely check this link out.  Pachter’s charts and graphs are particularly convincing.  He adds:

Taras Oleksyk from the Department of Biology at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez has written an excellent post-publication peer review of this blog post and Rafael Irizarry from the Harvard School of Public Health has written a similar piece, Genéticamente, no hay tal cosa como la raza puertorriqueña in Spanish. Both are essential reading.”

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