This Perfect Guide Could Predict What Your Kids Will Look Like
We are seriously living in the future here people. If you told someone 300 years ago that they could predict the gender of a baby in the womb, they’d laugh at you and say you’re crazy. As for now, we can’t even imagine being able to determine things like freckles, eye color and more before your baby is born.
As it turns out, science has advanced to the point where you can determine these things. This guide will give you a really good chance at predicting some of your unborn child’s physical traits.
If you’ve seen any romantic comedy created within the past, um… when were romantic comedies invented? Let’s just say “ever.” If you’ve ever seen a romantic comedy, you know how hilariously difficult dating can be. Humans are pack animals. While the idea of the lone wolf might be attractive, we all have a yearning for companionship.
But finding the right companion can be rough. We can be picky with who we love, and rightfully so. Don’t want to settle when you decide to settle down.
Because, ideally, the end game for dating someone you really like is marriage. That’s supposed to last forever (and honestly, if you’ve ever planned a wedding, I don’t know why anyone would want to go through that more than once. It’s a nightmare. Trust me).
But besides just finding the person you’re presumably going to spend the rest of your life with, you want to make sure they have all the most desirable traits for another very important reason.
That’s the traditional cycle, isn’t it? You meet someone, you get married and then you have children. It might sound old-fashioned, because it is. In fact, having kids is how we’re all still here. Procreation keeps the human race kicking, so it’s pretty important we keep doing it. Of course, it is a big step to have a child.
It’s a lot of responsibility being in charge of another life. And you want to be absolutely, positively sure you’re going on this journey with the right person.
One of the scariest aspects of parenting are all of the unknowns. You can read all of the baby books ever written (and there are a lot of them. Almost as many as there are romantic comedies) and it still won’t prepare you for everything.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were ways to answer questions about your children before they were born? Heck, wouldn’t it be great to answer questions about them before they were even conceived? Is that even possible?
5. Bringing up Baby
Not only is it possible, it’s already starting to happen. The future truly is now and technology is a wondrous and Â (as you’ll soon see) somewhat scary thing. There are ways for science to predict how your future children will look.
That’s right: before even trying to get pregnant, you and your partner can have a clear image of how your offspring will come out. How’s this even possible? It’s all due to the relationship between your dominant and recessive genes.
6. Family Tree
To get a sneak peek at the future, all you have to do is take a look at your present and your past. I know your family can annoy you (especially around Thanksgiving. Ugh, it’s the absolute worst and can almost ruin Turkey Day…ALMOST).
But you can learn a ton from them. Specifically, you can learn a lot about yourself, and a lot about all the future members of your family tree that you’ll help add on.
7. Dominant vs. Recessive
Traits such as eye color, hair color and freckles have dominant and recessive alleles. What are alleles? Great question, because I had no idea either. According to Scitable, alleles are various forms of the same gene. For example, freckles on the face are dominant and a lack of freckles is recessive.
Scientists have spent decades mapping out traits, and which are dominant or recessive. By looking at what past members of your family look like, you can predict how future members might appear.
8. Nice Genes
So how do recessive genes show up? According to the Tech Museum of Innovation, a recessive trait can only appear if both parents carry a copy of the recessive allele. Neither parent has to show the trait for it to appear in the child.
It’s why you can have two parents with black hair who have a child with blonde hair. Both parents had to have blonde hair as a recessive allele. Sounds crazy, but it’s possible to map out.
9. The Eyes Have It
It’s not that simple, however. You’d need to do some serious research and studying to figure this stuff out and be able to predict with high accuracy. Things are about to get more complex with this next bit of info.
You see, some traits have multiple alleles, such as eye color, which has two or more genes responsible for determining it. Still, science can predict what the odds are of a child getting a certain color based on the parents’ eyes.
10. Traits Skip a Generation
Hooray for science! They can easily predict it for us, right! Well, they can predict it, but saying it’s easy is totally inaccurate. Making predictions can get trickier when you remember that physical traits can skip a generation, meaning a child can inherit attributes from their grandparents and older ancestors.
This is why it’s so important to consult your family tree. Maybe asking about your relatives’ appearance at Thanksgiving will help keep the conversation on a more civil, less combustible topic.
11. Face Prediction
Now technology is catching up with science. A company out of Virginia called Parabon NanoLabs were able to create an image of a suspected criminal based on a DNA sample found at a crime scene.
As Science News wrote, the company was able to pin point the parts of his DNA that determined hair and eye color and face shape to come up with a portrait of the suspect. It’s believed that the technology could be used to create images of historical figures or future children.
12. The Perfect Human
Some scientists are even going so far as to try and alter human genes to create the perfect human. In his lab at Harvard Medical School, George Church has been injecting genetic codes into E. Coli, codes that would not occur naturally.
The hope is that someday biologists will be able to edit human DNA to fix disease genes or put in genes that could protect people from illnesses. Think that’s crazy? There are other ways to tamper with your baby’s DNA.
13. Gender Selection
We’re not yet at the point where we can choose the physical traits of our children, but we can determine the gender. Yes, you read that right. We’re already at that point. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is a procedure used to diagnose genetic diseases in embryos before pregnancy, but it can also be used to select your child’s gender.
So when people ask if you hope it’s a boy or a girl, you can say, “I hope it’s a girl, considering that’s the one I chose.”
14. The Future Is Now
Are you excited to determine the gender of your child manually? Well, calm down for a second, cause I’m about to bring you back to Earth. You’ll want to save up before you go through with this decision, as it’s a costly one. The price of PGD can be up to $19,000, according to CNN.
But as with most new technology, once it become more common and easy to perform, that price will go down. This is the future we are now inhabiting.
15. Children Of The Future
We always heard that “children are the future,” but what type of children will we see in the future? While it’s exciting for some to be able to ensure the healthiest baby possible of whatever style you choose, many see moral grey areas in this. Whatever the case, the most important aspect of being a parent is loving them no matter what.
Of course, becoming a parent is still difficult, because despite all the advances of technology, dating is just as tough as ever.