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The Geiger Counter

A love story, courtesy of a Neanderthal


August 10, 2017

When I was little, detecting the blood an Englishman was exclusively the purview of cranky giants who lived atop magical beanstalks. But the world has changed.

These days, all you have to do is spit into a vial and mail it to a group of regular-sized scientists. They’ve cracked the human genome, and they can look at your DNA and tell you all kinds of things.

Some, when you learn them, seem very much like medical diagnoses. Others, like the fact that I have an inordinately large amount of Neanderthal DNA, don’t feel too substantively different from those “your mama” jokes I once end...

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