First Take

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - By Ro­ge­lio Yu­beta Oli­vas, news edi­tor

A word of cau­tion if you are con­sid­er­ing hav­ing your DNA tested by an on­line com­pany: Deep, long-held fam­ily se­crets could be un­earthed.

I dis­cov­ered that re­cently. Af­ter I re­ceived my re­sults, I posted a pro­file on the com­pany’s net­work­ing page. Oth­ers who’ve had their DNA tested there can check out your pro­file and reach out to you — much like on Face­book.

A wo­man in an­other state re­cently con­tacted me on the site and told me we are re­lated. When I asked who her par­ents were, she said she could not tell me be­cause she was given up for adop­tion as a baby and her birth par­ents want no con­tact with her.

But she did tell me who her grand­mother was, so I was able to nar­row down the list of pos­si­ble par­ents for her. My imag­i­na­tion has gone wild, en­vi­sion­ing var­i­ous sce­nar­ios sur­round­ing her birth.

I talked to my fam­ily about this and they know of no baby cousins be­ing given up for adop­tion. The mys­tery deep­ens.

I’ll keep you posted.

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