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Talking About DNA: 8 Interesting Conversation Topics

DNA and genetic testing are impressive, powerful, and multi-point of view talking points. When you use the wrong information, things can be unclear. What we do know for sure is how important and meaningful these issues are and that aspects of genetics will soon be a part of everyday life. So the next time you have something with friends or family, why not start a conversation about DNA and genetics? The questions or topics that you can read below are intended to help you do just that, chat about genetics colloquially. After all, our goal is to get you talking and excited about the world of genetics.

Interesting talking points about genetics:

1. When you tell someone that they are like a goat, you are only wrong 20%.

Seriously, how much DNA do you think we share with:

a) Goat b) Mouse c) Chimpanzees d) Other humans?

Believe it or not, we share 80% with goats, 60% with bananas, 85% with mice, 96% with chimpanzees, and more than 99.9% with other humans.

2. What do you find most interesting about DNA?

The association with quirky traits like being a  unibrow or hating coriander? The connection to serious health problems or ancestry? Or the future possibilities of synthetic biology and genetic engineering?

3. Heritage or influence?

Which do you think affects your health the most? The truth is that they go hand in hand. In some cases, genes carry more weight, such as making you resistant to a particular infection. In other cases, it is your lifestyle that plays a central role, such as diet and exercise. Both are important. Your well-being is a matter of nature plus nutrition.

4. Not everything is “fun” in DNA.

If a genetic test could reveal your predisposition to develop a disease or sensitivity to a drug, would you want to know? Why or why not?

5. What about DNA and privacy?

Are you concerned about the security of your genetic information? Not all genetic companies take privacy seriously. Try Googling the acronyms for CLIA, CAP, HIPAA, GDPR, and GINA, all of which are crucial when it comes to whether or not your genetic data is protected.

6. Your DNA is not just yours.

What happens if you discover some essential genetic findings that could affect your children’s health or other family members? Would you feel comfortable informing them? How would you raise the issue?

7. No one is going to become Superman or Wonder Woman.

But, what if you could improve one of your senses by 20%, would you? Which and why? You know that it is something that is not possible right now. Still, something that will be probable in the future, genetic engineering will improve some characteristics of people.

8. What would you prefer?

Continue to invest in ways to treat malaria or genetically modify mosquitoes to prevent the spread of the disease? Focus on applying biotechnologies to save our planet or exploring how to improve the lives of humans on Mars? (Of course, these cases are not mutually exclusive.) the way we talk about science matters as much as science itself. We hope this guide has helped you think about how genetics are increasingly a part of our lives and uncover exciting perspectives. Follow us on our social networks to not miss such exciting conversation topics as this one, and of course, do not hesitate to share this article or comment on it to continue the conversation or clear up doubts.

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