You’re Just Like Your Father: Our DNA Makeup

Scientists have known for some time that we inherit genes, our DNA makeup, from both of our parents. In the past, science has shown that half of our DNA is from our mother, half from our father. DNA testing studies at the North Carolina School of Medicine showed that we actually have more of our father’s DNA than our mother’s.

Parental DNA

Findings from the study show that the DNA makeup of mice that were tested expressed that the father’s DNA was more prominent than that of the mother. To make sure the study expressed truly randomized settings, mice were used from different continents. They were then bred to produce several different types of offspring to ensure a proper mixing of genetic material for potential outcomes.

DNA Expression

Scientists are able to tag the DNA from specific genes to see which ones are present and expressed in the living organism that resulted. Does this mean the DNA we inherit from our fathers can genetically tell us more than our mother’s DNA? It’s possible. In the future of genetic and DNA testing, this study shows some genes exhibit more expression when received from the father.

Inherited Disease

Over the past several decades, it has been known that many illnesses were thought to be inherited. With the ability to perform polymer chain reaction tests, DNA strands were actually able to be identified within a gene. With the billions of genes that make up all of us, it is amazing to find that specific genes existed for specific types of cancers and heart disease.

Using PCR and RNA sequencing, scientists and doctors hope to be able to reduce the incidence of genetic disease with counseling and utilize early testing that can help reduce incidents and treat diseases before they become life-threatening. Lifestyle changes and early intervention can help.

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