In this Issue: March '18
Mar 01, 2018 08:30AM
By Jason Huddle
Long before the days of Google or Ancestry.com (you know, the 1980s), my mom and grandmother made yearly pilgrimages to Alabama to research our family history. Now the work that took them years to compile can be found with the click of a button. But the desire to know one’s roots is innate in many people and continues still today.
That’s the case with Cabarrus County’s Mike Anderson. Until last fall, he’d lived without knowing anything about his biological family. Come along as he takes part in the nationally-televised reality TV show, Relative Race.
And meet Judy Ryder Neely. Also adopted, her biological family conducted a successful search for her. Learn how both birth and adoptive families had actually been linked for decades.
We also delve into the science of DNA itself. It’s hard to believe the technology to analyze DNA used to be reserved for law enforcement – and, even then, it was only used in certain cases because of the cost. Now we can spit in a small vile and send it off to be tested. A few weeks later, we have answers to what nationalities are running through our veins. However, DNA is useful for so much more, such as discovering medical predispositions for people like Judy and Mike who don’t have the benefit of knowing their family history. Also, law enforcement is using DNA to close old cases and, in some instances, exonerate those wrongly accused.
Isn’t it amazing that the smallest component of our bodies can tell us so much? It’s hard for me to believe that’s all just happenstance and not part of a divine design. But that’s a discussion for a different issue.
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