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How did you first become interested in the topic of heredity?
I’ve been fascinated by heredity for as long as I can remember, but I think all of us are. As a science writer, I have to explain what meiosis
is, but I don’t have to define heredity. We all wonder about our ancestors — who they were, how they lived, and how countless generations of lives came together to produce us. We compare children to their parents and their grandparents, searching for what they inherited — not just their eye color, but their height, their personality, and every other imaginable trait.
But when my wife was pregnant with our first child, heredity became a matter of urgency. What would my child inherit from me, I wondered...