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The Tell by Matthew Hertenstein

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THE GENES IN ALL OF US

“We can work with our givens, but we cannot totally escape them. We carry to our graves the essence of the zygote that was first us.”

MARY PIPHER

Before I had a child of my own, I found it difficult to understand how a couple having a baby could find the event so special when it has happened approximately 108 billion times in human history. After my wife gave birth, however, I finally understood the magic of the occasion.

Isaac was born shortly after 9 p.m. one evening and released from the hospital a few days later after recuperating from jaundice. We spent the ensuing weeks in much the same way as most who have a newborn in the home—sleeping only intermittently, reading books on how to care for our infant, and changing ...

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