Amelia and Jane were friends since they went to the same kindergarten in Rockville, Maryland. They lived close to each other and actually went to the same elementary, middle, and high schools together. Sadly, they happened to go different colleges but their colleges were both in the town where they lived, so they still get together and catch up on things on weekends. They share everything about their lives, and there is no secret between them. Not surprisingly, both Amelia and Jane started dating with guys in the fall semesters of their senior years. Jane majors in cell biology and genetics, and last year she went to the National Institutes of Health for a summer internship. She met Brad there and they started dating. Brad and his friend Eric both work at the NIH as post-doctoral researchers. Brad introduced his best friend, Eric, to Jane’s friend, Amelia. That was how two couples started double dating!
On a beautiful fall morning, the two couples planned to hang out together and have a relaxed weekend lunch in the Town Square of Rockville. Jane and Brad arrived early and chose to sit outside in the patio of Vino, their favorite Italian restaurant. As Jane and Brad took a seat and felt the fresh, cool autumn morning, Amelia and Eric entered the restaurant with smiling faces.
“Hi, there! How are you guys this morning?” said Eric.
“Just trying to enjoy the weather. How are you?” said Brad.
“Good. As usual,” Eric answered with his signature big smile.
“How’s your writing going, Amelia? I know you have been struggling with your dissertation paper. Poor Dear,” said Jane.
“You know me, Jane. I have been putting this off for a month and am finally getting into it! I guess I do not want to talk about my papers, at least during the weekend. I am trying to escape it for a day. So any cool news from what you guys are doing these days, my scientist friends?” Amelia’s eyes glowed as she looked around at her friends.
“I finally have my whole genome sequenced for free and actually I carry my genetic information on my cell phone! Is that cool?” said Eric.
“What?! You have your genomic data in your phone? And you got it for free? How did that happen?” said Amelia with her eyes wide-open.
“Honey, I know your major is art history and you are not very interested in this gene thing, but it has become popular for people to carry their medical record on their phones. Some first users even carry their DNA sequence along with it. There is a research going on in the NIH about the applications of the DNA-sequence-carrying program affiliated with the Pear Company. Pear is now a new Apple. I assist them with biological interpretation and they approved me as a test user. That is how I got it. The year is 2030 and they expect that everyone will carry their genetic future diary by 2050,” said Eric.
“Wait, but even though you have your whole genome sequenced and carry it on your cell phone, you still do not understand what it actually means. Let’s say you have a mutation on...