Categories
Loading
Welcome to Babble,
Settings
Sign Out

Get the Babble Newsletter!

Already have an account? .

Genetic Testing For Kiddies

german-baby-myostatin1What if your kid has the goods to be the next Michael Jordan or Roger Federer…would you want to know?

Atlas Genetics, a Boulder-based company, introduced a take-at-home test last year that detects the presence of a variant of the ACTN3, a gene that blocks the expression of alpha-actinin-e, a protein present in a high percentage of first-class athletes.  If you have this genetic superstar blocker, odds are you’re more apt to be a ball boy than a major league slugger.  So much so that according to a study published by the American Journal of Human Genetics, a mere 6% of athletic superstars tested had this protein blocked on both maternal and fraternal sides.

Simply put, if your child wants to be a contender, he or she probably shouldn’t test positive for ACTN3.  And a simple cheek swab can let you know if they’ve got what it takes.

Some see a potential upside.  Maybe the time and cost involved in a traveling soccer team isn’t worth it in the end.   Or conversely, it would be nice to know that a university track scholarship could become reality and isn’t just a pipe dream.  Either way the genetic ball bounces, would you like to know?

Um, for me, no.  Genetic testing for anything other than health-related issues sets off my “eww” alarm.  Childhood is about exploring, discovering who you are and having fun.  If my basketball-loving kid tested positive for ACTN3,  I can promise you that I wouldn’t consider hoops to be a waste of time.  That freaky dad shouting out endless instructions to his Little Leaguer from the stands?  It scares me that he might.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrPinterest
Tagged as: , , ,

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Learn More.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrPinterest