Controversies In DNA Profiling

Some Interesting Facts About DNA Testing
Frequently Asked Questions About DNA Testing

D NA profiling or DNA fingerprinting is the technique to identify an individual person by the analysis of their DNA. A DNA profile is unique in some aspects for each person. This technique was developed by Alec Jeffreys in 1985 and is known as DNA fingerprinting. The technique has advanced so much that it only needs a few skin cells or a hair follicle or some amount of blood to give out highly accurate results. The profiling is mostly used by the police or the forensic department to find out the criminals. The people who want to find out whether they are related to their parents or each other also opt for the DNA profiling.

The paper based DNA databases have been a major factor in the genocides and oppressive regimes such as the Nazis. A person’s ethnicity is mostly used as a point of discrimination and exploits the human rights for which many social activists have been protesting lately. Even though DNA profiling is a boon to the society, using it in the wrong manner and for the wrong reason makes it a big curse. These controversies will keep surrounding it unless a permanent solution is found out.

DNA And Weight

alt textDNA the deoxyribonucleic acid is the basic carrier of the genetic information from the parent to the offspring. Almost every cell in a human body has the same DNA. Most of the DNA in your body has been passed down from your ancestors, so there are many similarities between the DNAs of the people related by blood. The traits are passed from generation to generation. In some cases, these are recessive and in some cases dominant. Everything from your skin color, face structure, hair, eyes, height, diseases is stored in the DNA. Weight is also directly or indirectly related to the DNA. For example, if your parents or grandparents or anyone in your family is overweight or obese, there are fair chances that you might also gain weight. These are known as genetic traits.

If you constantly keep gaining weight even after eating less and exercising, the fault is not in your habits but in your DNA. Let us first understand the role of DNA in weight gain. Weight gain or loss is caused by the number of calories going in and out of the body. If the number of calories you consume is more than the calories your body is able to burn in the next 24 hours, you will gain weight. If the number of calories you consume is less in comparison to the burned calories, you will lose weight. The number of calories you burn depends on your metabolism. Your metabolism is directly linked to your genetics. So if you have a slower metabolism, chances are that you gain weight in comparison to the people with a faster metabolism. Some people are really lucky to inherit the skinny genes that lead to the faster metabolism causing them to stay thin even if they eat a lot. Whereas some are not so lucky and the slow metabolism makes them gain a lot of weight due to less burning of the calories by the body. Although it should be noted that metabolism can also be affected by other things apart from genetics. So in order to not gain a lot of weight, you need to strike a balance between your caloric consumption and the number of calories you burn.

We have discussed how the DNA affects weight gain or loss. Now let us discuss how weight gain affects our DNA. Yes, it is something that happens both ways. There has been scientific evidence that shows that the people who are obese or on the verge of obesity can suffer from alteration in their DNAs. Most of the changes are found in the genes responsible for lipid mechanism, inflammation and substrate transport. Sometimes the acquired genes get passed down to the generations and this can be one of those issues.

Food is the most important element in our lives. Food can either make your body really healthy or harm your health completely. If you are eating fattening foods and foods poor in nutritional value, it is very obvious that you will gain weight. Because even if you have dormant genes, a bad diet can trigger and light up those genes, making them active. A bad diet also affects the carbohydrate metabolism by slowing it down. Since carbohydrates are the major source of energy in our body, slow carbohydrate processing leads to weight gain. The weight gain, in turn, raises the blood sugar levels, blood pressure levels, and the blood homocysteine level also rises.

It is very important to keep a healthy diet and work out regularly to maintain your healthy body weight. If your body stays healthy, you will live a longer and better life.

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