Tuesday, August 2, 2011

DNA Adoption Networking

With advances in computer technology and DNA science, it seemed likely that one way would be to find children away from China to find their biological families. That day seemed very far in the future. However, that day is here now, and has reached 20 years earlier than expected. A new type of Internet web site provides the means for adopting parents of children adopted from China to find out if your child has a brother, half brother, cousin or other relative of other measures taken worldwide. In addition, birth parents in China will be able to find his biological son has been adopted by a family living somewhere in the world. While adoptions from China is the biggest example of what can now be applied to all of adoption in the world today. I do not think it an exaggeration to say that this is the most striking novelty in the field of information on adoption in the past 25 years. 

Two new types of sites, in particular, seem useful to the community adoption. They are interesting because both are the first of a new genre of websites. The first are social networking sites of DNA and genes are the main second decoding sites. 1. DNA Adoption Networking DNA Networks is an adoption of a new Internet service New York Times has called zygotic social networks. These network services allow users to create a social network around shared genetic material. Like Facebook, users can upload photos, update their profiles, blogs and send messages to each other. More importantly, for adoptive families to facilitate family tracing and allow members to compare the genetic makeup. Basically, register with the service, do a cheek swab, shipped, and some of its genetic makeup compared to others on the database. You or someone else (somewhere in the world) and then click on a map that shows a marker for all other members around the world who share the genetic markers found in their DNA profile. Perhaps even more surprising is that the creators of these sites I think we're just at the beginning of their capacity and usefulness. Experts believe that every new discovery in the field of genetics will provide users with new information about their identities. Who would use this service? A broad spectrum of the adoption community can make use of these sites: (I) Birth parents who placed a child for adoption (or perhaps left a child) can pick up your child in the world with a single record. (Ii) When adopted children become teenagers or young adults, who often want to know more about their roots. While they can not find their birth parents immediately, they can locate other family members. In order to identify the siblings, half siblings, cousins ​​or grandparents, you will need a birth parents to register on the site (currently a parent you need to register also to say definitively that two of his relatives are siblings). Family members can turn away, or one or two decades later as new parents to register on the site. (III) adopted adults. Life is long, and at some point when adopted children have become adults, they often want to find their roots. While adoptive parents now generally explain to their children who were adopted, which has not always been the case, nor is it a universal truth. As a result, people register with these sites, had no idea that they have adopted may be a surprise. (Iv) Adoptive parents who want to find siblings, birth parents or other relatives of his adopted son may register your child. Parents registering children older than 13 require the agreement of children to do this. Indeed, it seems curious that adopted adolescents could probably register if they have access to $ 149.(V) adoption agencies may include information on adoption of DNA networks in adoption education programs. It is a reality check for parents who say they want to adopt, but want nothing to do with the birth family and why they want to adopt abroad. At some point in their children can register and find relatives in other countries. Not everyone involved in adoption will want to participate in this worldwide experiment in genealogical research. While most adopted children want to know who their biological parents, this is not always true. However, for those who want to know where your son or your biological father is that these websites are already producing results and games. A video clip of ABC News, which is accessed through a link on the GeneTree. com home page, includes an interview with an adult adoptee who only knew his birth date and place, and later the family found in various parts of the world. Since the adoption of DNA networks essentially provide a record of adoption meeting of the world, people should think carefully before registering. While anyone can use one of these sites, special precautions must be taken when using the community of adoption. Some people may wish to obtain advice before registering. Adoption records meeting are in most jurisdictions in North America and often offer advice to the parties, both before and after a meeting. What makes these sites so different from the sites described below is not genetic information is returned to you (the participant). 2. Gene decoding DNA Sites The second type of service now on the web that will impact adoption is the ability to decode the DNA of your child. Adoptive families will find this site useful for many reasons. Your child's DNA is decoded, it provides valuable information. The experience is simultaneously unsettling, illuminating and empowering. Although these sites offer the opportunity to decode DNA of adoption networks, which seems to be a byproduct of its main function is to decode its DNA. In the world of adoption, such services have extraordinary implications, including: (I) In most adoptions in the world, there is little or no information about the biological father. This includes domestic adoptions and adoption elsewhere. Decoding the DNA of your child will provide important information about the biological father and biological mother. The websites claim that let you look 20 or 40 years in the future in significant DNA markers that affect the health of your child (such as predisposition to certain diseases). (Ii) Once registered in some places, you will automatically be advised in the next 10, 20 or 30 years, as medical science makes new discoveries and advances. (Iii) In some cases DNA decoding may be available as part of the information prior to the medical and social approval on the child. Currently, parents receive limited medical information, photographs, and sometimes a video. Perhaps in the future a sample of DNA will become part of this package of information prior to adoption. (Iv) In countries become more selective in who can take their children (like China) are to DNA test of the adoptive parents? Adoptive parents as supply medical and laboratory reports as part of an international adoption file. Are reports of DNA next? These websites will bring great opportunities but also great quandaries. They no longer have the problem of not knowing, but have the burden of whether we want to know first. We will know if our children are predisposed to certain traits or talents, sports, music or languages, and we encourage them to follow certain paths. I recently described these websites for clients, friends and family. It's interesting how many people have said, "But do you really want to know this information?". Clearly, some people prefer not knowing and let the future unfold. Precautions Be careful what you wish for. By going down this road, you may open a Pandora's Box. In short, we are on the verge of scientific and technological advances that will change the adoption in a way that has never happened before. Please consider the following: Privacy: What is more personal than your DNA? Each of these sites have a privacy statement. Please read this before registering. It is important to understand what privacy is offered and if you can set your own level of privacy on the site. Also keep in mind that the world does not always work perfectly. If you put information on the Internet, there is a chance to get loose by accident or otherwise. Concerns: There are social, moral and ethical issues involved in registering your or your child's DNA on a website. Before enrolling in any room of potential applicants should read the China Adoption DNA project web page where the site's creators have considered the implications of parents over trying to find biological family in this way. Please read and think about these issues before signing up for a DNA site network adoption. Second Test: If you enroll in one of these sites and find a game that is important to you, please confirm with a second DNA test and more formal. An article published in the October Popular Science warned that it-yourself DNA tests can produce incomplete results. The early days: These websites have started up. It will take time for families to register at all the world to have many matches close relatives. Keep your expectations low for now and see from time to time. Men and women: men can get a lot more DNA testing than women because they inherit both an X and one Y chromosome If women get the same results, you must provide a sample of a close male relative like a brother or father. Language: The scientific words and terminology used in these websites can be a challenge. Some sites have a glossary or definitions section. That's a good place to start understanding this field of research. The record: A recent survey of adoptive parents (by China DNA Project Adoptions) found that while the adoption community is very interested in learning more about how a DNA database could benefit their children and their families, the vast majority of parents today do not know enough about it or are not comfortable enough with what they know to take the next step and join a database. I encourage adoptive families to spend time on the websites of DNA at the end of this article. Check your DNA science classes, read the FAQ and see the videos. You will learn a lot. Of course, if you are registered in one place, reducing the possibility of parties. Perhaps all members of the triad in the world you want to share this information must be recorded in only one of these sites, or at a site yet to be created specifically for the community of adoption. In the future, will certainly be more of such websites, and its usefulness will advance as science advances. If you register with one of the sites listed below, let us know about your experience with it. Welcome to the era of genomics adoption will never be the same! Websites to Visit A. DNA ADOPTION NETWORK SITES 1. www.GeneTree.com This service: operates throughout the world; is easy to understand and easy to use; is free (except for the DNA swab kit $ 99 - $ 149); family games (such as cousins), which significantly increases the chances of finding more information about the child's family of origin. The site is part of a research project worldwide genealogy and genetics. Anyone who joins a participant in this project. (Unfortunately, this information is not clear on the website until the warrants presented a DNA swab kit and a 6-page contract to sign.) Parents who do not like the trade-off to be part a research project may want to go into the registry. Others will be delighted to be part of a research project of DNA also provides the opportunity for adoption of DNA-free networks. This site is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is already known as the largest genealogical research center in the world. Clearly they want to make it bigger. When you order your DNA swab kit ($ 149) will be asked to sign a contract of 6 pages. Read carefully. It has some interesting terms, including: you are a participant in a research study; Failure to provide the genetic information to contact you; can withdraw at any time and your information deleted; While this site will match local volunteers two users together if they want, the site is not involved in providing information on adoption or paternity leave (which can be learned) to anyone. The website has a "Facebook" for aspects except that they are networking with people who share similar DNA with the world instead of your chosen friends. The participants set their own level of privacy on this site. In other words, you can register your DNA and then adjust the parameters of privacy regarding disclosure of information and if you want to contact other members of his extended family. Of course, in addition to privacy concerns, the idea that adoptive families worldwide registration of its DNA into a master database certainly has a "Big Brother" feel to it. As a result, this service may not appeal to everyone.2. www.dnaancestry.com This site is part of www.ancestry.com and lets you use DNA testing for ancestors, clans and groups name. www. ancestry.com is a genealogical research site also based in Utah. It already has a user base of 15 million dollars, of which 3 million family trees have published their search. It is the Internet's largest family, history files. The test kit costs $ 149 to $ 179, depending on how sophisticated you want the results to be. 3. www.familytreedna.com This website claims that the DNA database biggest in the field of genetic genealogy (178,000 records). Their website includes tutorials on using your DNA. It also has a user forum of DNA, which has taken messages from people who have had varying degrees of success in finding relatives. The tests cost $ 149 to $ 199. 4. www.a-chinadnaproject.org Although this site still is not working as a record, which has interesting things to say. This is a site worth reading and thinking about the issues raised there. In addition to searching for relatives, a second mission, just as importantly the website is to create a database of voluntary, anonymous DNA that provide information that could benefit all Asians of Chinese origin. The draft states DNA Adoptions China on numerous occasions on this site still does not leave, as there is no funding. He worries about the costs to parents and the cost of the service. Some adoptive parents want to wait to see if this site towards a greater reliance on performance due to the additional safeguards that have been created for the community of adoption. 5. www.tracegenetics.com This site has an extensive FAQ section that will teach the reader much about this area of ​​science in an understandable language. Proof is offered for both maternal and paternal lineages of the child. It then issues a report based on the percentage of ancestry from each of the biogeographical areas in the world. This site claims to have the largest database of DNA from Native Americans in the world. This website will also provide customized DNA projects. You can tailor your requests genomic what you want. B. DECODING DNA genes SITES 6. www.23andme.com This is a web based service that helps you understand your DNA. Submit a sample of saliva from your child and see how the genes decoded indicate your child's future. This site is funded in part by Google. The cost of DNA testing is $ 999 and receive a report analyzing almost 600,000 DNA checkpoints. At this time the service is only available in the U.S., Europe and Canada, although in the future be extended to other countries. In response to my question to this site as to whether the adoptive parents could use to have deciphered the DNA of a child proposed to them for approval, the answer was: "Our service is not intended to be used for screening purposes genetics. "