Genetic Future

My genetic future, part 2: results

For those who haven’t already heard via Twitter or other means, there’s a good reason I’ve been so quiet the past few weeks. My first collaborative genetic experiment with my wife – for which I presented some promising preliminary data back in February – finally generated results on August 28th:

Figure 1: Tobias MacArthur
We’re still getting the hang of interpreting the results, but overall the outcome seems overwhelmingly positive. Further replication will be required to confirm our initial findings, of course.
I also have another major announcement due later today – stay tuned.


  1. #1 Blaine Bettinger
    September 14, 2010

    Congratulations again Daniel, he’s beautiful. And I love the name! Wishing you all the continued best.

  2. #2 Linda Avey
    September 14, 2010

    Utterly angelic…

  3. #3 Robert West
    September 14, 2010

    Wow! And I was worried you’d name him “Square”.


  4. #4 Hillary Sussman
    September 14, 2010

    What a handsome baby! Congratulations and thank you for sharing the results of the one of the greatest genetic experiments of all.

  5. #5 pconroy
    September 14, 2010


  6. #6 Dan Frost
    September 14, 2010

    Congrats Daniel!!!

  7. #7 AMac
    September 14, 2010

    Congratulations on this wonderful news, to you and your co-PI. If I recall your proposal, this is to be a nature-nurture effort… it’s sure to be an engaging and rewarding long-term project!

  8. #8 Anthony Fejes
    September 14, 2010

    Congrats Daniel! Best looking data I’ve seen in a long time!

  9. #9 Lisa Osborne
    September 14, 2010

    He’s so handsome! Congratulations, Daniel!

  10. #10 Edward Winstead
    September 14, 2010

    What a happy picture. Thank you for sharing and congratulations!

  11. #11 Misha
    September 14, 2010

    Get that kid an RSS feed, stat!

  12. #12 Sandra Porter
    September 14, 2010

    Congratulations Daniel! Both on the move to Wired and especially on the cute little F1.

  13. #13 Scicurious
    September 14, 2010

    Awww yay! What a lovely F1 generation. Hope he’s got lots of vigor. :)

  14. #14 shwu
    September 14, 2010

    Congratulations, Daniel! This is one of those times when N=1 is truly significant. ;)

  15. #15 Jennifer Ouellette
    September 14, 2010

    Wonderful news! Congrats!

  16. #16 Susan Colilla
    September 15, 2010

    Picture perfect!! Couldn’t have better results. Congratulations to you and your wife Daniel!
    Look forward to future postings of Genetic Future and F1’s!

  17. #17 Kevin Davies
    September 15, 2010

    Many congratulations! Do you have his spit sample yet?

  18. #18 michael
    September 15, 2010

    Cute little nugget! u sure u r the dad? :)

  19. #19 Daniel MacArthur
    September 16, 2010

    Thanks to everyone for the congratulations.

    Kevin and Michael – we’re holding off on the genetic testing for a while, but I do have some intriguing phenotypic evidence supporting paternity. Keep an eye out for an upcoming post on this over at Wired. :-)

  20. #20 bioseoinformatics
    September 29, 2010

    Congratulation, very preety he is and his name like his……………..all the best for your future.

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