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That Explains EVERYTHING

I’ve been challenged by students several times over the last few years to try these DNA profiling services. (The whole question of “What am I?“ and all that.) Doing the spiritual/existential meditating on “What am I?” is essential and cool, but what about that whole biological dimension?

So, recently I sent a sample to 23&Me. Got the results back yesterday.

Well, that certainly answered a lot of questions about my behavior.

First off: This body is 99.9% European.

About the specifics: My specific ethnic profile gives another interesting insight (on top of now knowing that there is a whole Neanderthal branch of the family tree to whom I have never sent Christmas cards all those years). Apparently, I’m more Irish than I had known. Although it says that this body is 82% “British and Irish”, my staunchly Irish Republican late mother would be relieved to know that the further breakdown of the data indicates that the “British” percentage of that 81.8% is nearly nothing.)

Well, this further justifies the fact that I have been able to live in Europe for over a decade on an Irish passport! It’s actually a relief to see that: I had actually felt a tad bit guilty obtaining this privilege of having my Irish citizenship, thinking, all these years, that I was 50-50, Irish/German, ethnically speaking.

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