DISCUSSION: But for our genotypes, we’d be married
- AS genotype, Genotype differences, love, Marriage, Sickle cell anemia
- September 16, 2014
Though married for several years, Toyin’s heart aches for the love that she sacrificed for the sake of her unborn children. Now stuck in an unhappy marriage, she sometimes wonders if that sacrifice was worth it.
“Maybe I and Femi should have ‘taken the risk’ and forged ahead in faith. After all, there was only a 25% chance that each one of our children would have ended up with the SS genotype’. Now I’m stuck. Stuck in a marriage I regret. And Femi… Oh my Femi. We really should have given our love a chance!”
To put it simply (and as I understand it), genotype represents the different forms of a gene that an individual has with respect to a specific trait/characteristics.
The three major groups of genotype include: AA, AS, And SS-where A stands for the normal form of the gene while S stands for the abnormal/sickly mutation of the gene.
Thus, If you are AA and you marry someone who is AS, you have a 50 % chance of having AA or AS per birth. But If as AA, you marry SS, all your children will be AS, since you stand a 100% chance of having AS per birth.
However, if you are AS and you marry someone who’s AS, you have a 25% chance of having AA or SS and a 50% chance of having AS per birth. But If an AS marries a SS, there’s a 50% chance of AS or SS per birth.
Finally, Sickle cell disease is a very serious health condition which is often fatal. It happens when an individual inherits two abnormal genes-one from each parent.
THE ISSUE/MY QUESTION
My question here is simple,
Did Toyin and Femi do the right thing by giving up on their relationship for FEAR that they’d bear children with the Sickle cell anemia?
Couldn’t they have proceeded with their relationship, trusting God to help ensure that non of their children ends up being SS? After all, there was a 75% chance that non of their children would have ended up with Sickle cell anemia.
And even if they’d defied the odds and got married in faith, only to bear a child with the SS genotype, Isn’t true love strong enough to overcome the issues that would arise in having to take care of such a child?
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