What Parents Should Know About DNA
By: Jeff Harbeson
Owner: Secure My DNA
Our news feeds daily have the subject of DNA whether the story is about finding a cure for a disease, identifying people for criminal cases or genealogical discovery. The fact is that DNA, or our genetic record is emerging as a valuable asset that literally offers insight to our exquisite uniqueness.
So what is DNA? Rather than offer the scientific definition (which if you choose see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA), but I prefer to keep things simple. There are more than 6 billion letters in every person’s two strands of DNA; genome sequence is simply a very long string of those letters in a mysterious language (see image below). Imagine the genome as a book written without capitalization or punctuation, without breaks between words, sentences, or paragraphs, and with strings of nonsense letters scattered between and even within sentences. Each person has a unique strand of letters that offers information about who we are, where we came from (family and geography) which is basically our “ingredients.”
The beautiful creation (also known as your child) has all the “ingredients” of both mother and father. Every blood line from both parents from the beginning of time is contained in the little bundle of joy. They may have their mother’s eyes, a cousin’s curly red hair, and skin tone from the father’s side of the family. Also included but not seen in their genetic record is the inherited predisposition to diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart issues.
Our society is just now realizing how important DNA is for many reasons yet misnomers abound of the necessity of possessing our own, or children’s DNA. If you are a US resident and your child was born in 2010 to date, the government has collected and banked your baby’s DNA at birth (see http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/04/baby.dna.government/) without consent. This is troubling on many fronts from privacy issues to the undisclosed research being conducted.
As mentioned, everyone has inherited predisposition to diseases. The most prolific headline regarding DNA and predisposition is about Angelina Jolie. By opting for double mastectomy surgery while still healthy, Angelina Jolie joined a growing number of women who have used DNA genetic testing to take control of their health. Angelina’s doctors believed the mutation found in her BRCA1 gene raised her chance of developing breast cancer to 87%. Angelina’s mother lost her life to breast cancer, but DNA testing saved her own life.
An unfortunate headline regarding DNA is identification for nefarious reasons such as abduction of children. When my children were growing up, most parents had little “ID cards” made with our child’s photo, address and even a thumbprint. The technology of DNA has rendered such all but archaic.
I’m sharing this information because now there is a solution which provides everyone the ability to possess our (or our child’s) DNA and store securely at home. CG Labs, Inc. a DNA services company located in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada has developed a proprietary method of extracting DNA from a non-invasive hair or mouth swab. The DNA is bound to a substrate which allows for room temperature storage indefinitely. This means that consumers may now have their own, their children’s, their deceased loved one’s or even their pet’s DNA to keep at home. CG Labs, Inc. has created several brands to meet each consumer need.
The Secure My DNA www.securemydna.com brand is offered to consumers for basic home banking (storage), secure facility banking and even jewelry or keepsakes. A special offering is made specifically for children, Secure Child DNA as well. DNA Memorial www.dnamemorial.com is a brand exclusively offered to families of deceased loved ones by funeral directors. For pet lovers, Pet DNA Memorial www.petdnamemorial.com offers owner the unique ability to not only have their pet’s DNA but keepsakes and mementos.
I am blessed to be the CEO of CG Labs, Inc. and excited that TheBabySpot.ca is teaming with our company to provide information to readers regarding “all things DNA.” We have committed to offer more in-depth articles with specifics about DNA and services or products that are important to consumers; whether you are a parent of children or a child of aging parents. Have specific questions? Feel free to visit our sites for more information or email me personally at [email protected]