Question of the Week

Question of the Week: Swirling and Genetic Diseases

My name is K, and I love love LOVE YOUR SITE! It is so great to see a site that is so open minded when it comes to relationships, though when I first came across the site, I thought it was VERY BOLD to come out and say that the site is geared to interracial relationships since it is such a hot topic lately.

My question is a very important one to me, and I wanted to know your opinion and hear also what are your insights into the subject. It’s concerning sickle cell
anemia, swirling, and the effects upon child bearing. According to my Dad, I am a
sickle cell trait. Honestly, at 21, I haven’t had the chance to check for myself,
and I haven’t seen any official records showing this, but I do know that my brother is, so there is a high chance that I am too.

He is ADAMANT about anyone of us having children with someone who is of South American, European or someone who is sickle cell trait. The latter, I can
understand. Sickle cell isn’t pretty, so I understand where he is coming from. But
South/Central American and European, he says that procreating with someone from those two reasons can end up with a child/ren who might have thalassaemia or sickle cell.

I’m trying to do research on this, and came across these links:

I don’t really know what to make of it all, but I was hoping you could maybe shed
some light on this. Have you met anyone or heard about any genetic diseases that
could manifest as a result of a sickle cell trait swirling with someone from a
Hispanic background1? I’m currently seeing a guy right now who is from El Salvador, and I can really see a future together with him, except for this roadblock. Have you heard about this disease, and is it possible that maybe procreating with him could end up with a child who might be affected by this?

Awaiting your reply
~ K

Dear K,

I’m not a geneticist, but no doubt this intelligent bunch has a few who might be able to help. My rudimentary knowledge of genes is that, the more diverse the gene pool the lesser chance of getting genetics diseases that run in African American, Jewish, or Eastern European countries, because chances are, if you marry someone Jewish, he might have the marker for Tay Sachs disease, but you probably don’t. Both gene markers have to be present with both parents in other for these diseases to manifest. So actually, the further way from your tribe that you mix, the lesser chance of genetic mutations. Isn’t God clever like that? šŸ˜‰

The only major problem with gene mixing, is that sometime the offspring have trouble finding donor matches for bone marrow, what is increasingly becoming a concern, and more of these beauties are created.

Bottom line, just relax. Odds are in your favor.

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