In my biology class today we were discussing cellular reproduction and the meiotic production of sperm and egg cells. Normally I don’t find chromosomes all that interesting… but under my current circumstances the conversation seemed extremely relevant! It was like “Wow, I did this! My chromosomes totally mixed liked that.”
I wont bore you with the details of meiosis, but here’s one interesting bit of info…
Each sperm and egg cell can be one of about 8 million possible chromosomal combinations, respectively.
That would put a zygote at one of 70 trillion+ possible arrangements of chromosomes taken from both parents.
70 trillion! That really narrows it down!
Now that I know that my child is one of the only 70 trillion possibilities, I really feel like I’m getting to know the kid.