By Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
Abuja-Getting married is a beautiful thing and walking down the aisle on that wedding day is an indelible experience that most women won’t trade for anything. While you are hitting on that man or woman and falling heads over heels for them, sweetheart, I would suggest you take a break and ask the most important question-What is your genotype?
I have heard the expression ‘love is blind’ and ‘I can do anything for love’. If I may ask, what exactly can you do for love? Some people would say they would jump off the Bridge for their soulmates but while you are at it, please do ask again-What is your genotype?
Let’s even find out the meaning of genotye and the reasons why it is a very important question to ask before you finally get cuffed with that heartrob of yours.
What is Genotype?
Genotype can simply be defined as the genetic constitution of an individual organism.There are four genotypes in humans – AA, AS, SS and AC. AC genotype is not so common and popular unlike the other three. SS and AC are the abnormal genotypes or the sickle cells.
Possible Outcomes of Different Genetic Combination
AA + AA = AA, AA, AA, AA
AA + AS = AA, AS, AA, AS
AA + SS = AS, AS, AS, AS
AA + AC = AA, AA, AA, AC
AS + AS = AA, AS, AS, SS
AS + SS = AS, SS, SS, SS
AS + AC = AA, AC, AS,SS
SS + SS = SS, SS, SS, SS
AC + SS = AS, AS, SS, SS
AC + AC = AA, AC, AC, SS
People with the genotype AA are prone to malaria sickness at their early ages. In terms of compatibility, someone with AA genotype can marry anybody. It is safe for someone with AS to marry someone with AA genotype.
The combinations of AS and AS, AS and AC should not be risked. There is probability of having an SS. Although two sickle cells should not even have a relationship or get married. Individuals with the AA genotype should help you prevent genetic abnormalities by marrying the AS, AC and SS.
About Sickle Cell
Sickle cell arises when there is any blockage in the blood vessels which inhibits the flow of oxygen. When the red blood cell do not have the required oxygen, there will be changes in its original shape (disc shape) to a “Sickle-like” or “crescent-like shape”, thus, the name “sickle cell”.
Sickle cell patients experience severe pains in body parts that lack oxygen flow. Their bone marrows will fail to produce red blood cells and this result to anemia. To save this crisis, blood is usually transfused to them.
Implications Of Ignoring The Signs
Ignoring these signs to marry someone is a very risky game, the partners involved should not just think of themselves when making a decision like that because it will affect their future generation and in return affect them as children with sickle cell, tend to die at a certain stage in their lives except something extraordinary is done to avert that. These children’s lives are cut short at their primes and have them living everyday like it is their last.
Save Lives Through Your Decision
The world would be a better place if intending couples can look beyond their selfishness and consider the pain their unborn children will go through as a result of their actions. They should go the extra mile to know their genotypes at an early stage of their relationship before they are well rooted in love and emotions. This singular act will help eradicate sickle cells in the world.
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