23andMe is a service that takes your DNA, analyzes it and lets you trace your ancestry, find your origins and even potentially save your life by uncovering any genetic predispositions to diseases. It can also have some unintended consequences.
"George Doe" found out through 23andMe that he had a long lost half brother; something his father tried to cover up.
At first, I was thinking this is the coolest genetics story, my own personal genetics story. I wasn't particularly upset about it initially, until the rest of the family found out. Their reaction was different. Years of repressed memories and emotions uncorked and resulted in tumultuous times that have torn my nuclear family apart. My parents divorced. No one is talking to my dad. We're not anywhere close to being healed yet and I don't know how long it will take to put the pieces back together.