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Dr. JI ended my last blog (From Boys to Men) with an old sports adage, “no pain no gain,” a reference to the notion that a certain amount of pain is a by-product of sustained effort that leads to an increase in stamina and muscle definition. It seemed appropriate to begin this post with another reference to sports. Muhammad Ali, known equally well for his athletic prowess as his ability to turn a phrase, once quipped, “What really counts in the ring is what happens after you are exhausted.” Continue reading

How DNA Influences Your Child On Valentine’s Day

Amidst the rush to find socks and complete homework and mediate arguments, you might pause as Valentine’s Day approaches to wonder: “Will this child I love ever have a special someone in his or her life?” It may seem distant from the morning’s discussion of why ketchup is or is not a vegetable, but in your mutual future you know it is coming: crushes, romance begun and ended via text, and that sweet smile you love, directed at someone else. But how does that first connection even occur, and why does it come so easily for some, but not for others? Continue reading