Only one surprise from 23 and Me
Beth gave me a 23 and me genetic testing kit for Father’s Day and I just got the results. The test confirmed what a casual observer would guess about me…I’m of Northern European descent, lactose tolerant, predisposed to be normal weight, etc. I paid extra for the health reports and was relieved that I’m not at risk for any genetic diseases nor do I have any recessive risks that might have been passed to my kids (I will admit that I was nervous to see those results).
The only real surprise is that apparently I’m genetically biased for fast twitch versus slow twitch muscle fibers. The report explains that this variant likely only makes the difference between a very very good athlete and a world class, Olympic athlete. I’m neither but I would be interested to know what percentage of Boston qualifiers have the slow twitch variant.