Fast forward to the present, and thanks to the miracle of modern genomic testing, well, I might have been really lying to my kids.
Yeah, well, it gets better...
The testing, at this stage, can't tell the difference between the British and Irish parts of my genetic code. I know, that probably sounds like blasphemy to any green-blooded Irishman, but this stuff gets more sophisticated all the time, so who knows what they will be able to tell me in the future.
As a kind of final note, I do read where some folks have concerns about their genetic data being used by pharmaceutical companies and law enforcement. To that I offer I following: I don't really care. Well, I do care in a positive sort of way in that if my bits-n-pieces of genetic data can be used to help identify disease treatments, well, I'm all in. As for law enforcement, well, last time I checked getting in fights with your siblings wasn't something that was prosecuted using DNA evidence, so call me unconcerned at this stage.
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