Seems the teenager has a very small interstitial gain in copy number within chromosome #5 band p15.2 detected with 12 clones from positions 13,846,857-14, 225,128 encompassing at least 0.38 Mb using the new 105,000 Clone Oligo array.
Impressed? Don't be. I copied it from the 4 page results report.
What did we gain from this appointment?
I learned that chromosomal deletions are worse that chromosomal gains.
I learned that anything measuring over 0.5 Mb's is always clinically significant. The Teenagers abnormality measured 0.38.
I learned as I sat there listening to this very bright geneticist and her
The only disease associated with this particular #5 area is Ciliary Dyskinesia which usually manifests itself when an infant is born with the heart on the wrong side. (situs invertus) and is caused by an embryonic disruption not a gain like The Teenager has. This would not explain the substantial hypoplasia of her cerebellum, brain stem and proximal spinal cord. Or at least we don't think so at this point.
Iris/Virus who also attended the appointment made two astute observations.
"I just love a handsome scientist." (yes,that resident was smokin' hot)
:"I think the extra chromosome piece might explain The Teenagers gift."
Ah, the gift. I hadn't even thought of that one.
For some time now The Teenager has moments of intuitiveness that the rest of us do not possess. Case in Point: Bed Bath and Beyond.
A few years ago The Teenager and I were in Bed Bath and Beyond or at least we were attempting to enter the store. The Teenager immediately put on the brakes and began screaming she was afraid. I was mortified as the cashiers were stationed at the entrance and all eyes were focused on us.
"I'm afraid. I'm afraid of this roof!"
My embarrassed coaxing only made it worse.
"Danger! Danger! This roof is not right! This roof is not finished! Danger!"
The next day during a huge rainstorm the Bed Bath and Beyond roof collapsed on the cashiers. Fortunately, no one was killed. I wonder to this day how many of them remember the scene we caused the day before.
Two weeks after the incident a friend called me. "You know the roof wasn't finished. There was an article in the Times today stating it had never been inspected." I got goosebumps.
After a few of these incidents one is tempted at times to pick her brain...
"So sweetie...what's your take on the recent Arkansas bird kill?"
It simply doesn't work that way.
I believe we are composed of body, soul and spirit. As one friend pointed out, "there's obviously nothing wrong with her spirit man." She is most definitely in tune with a realm we mere mortals with no number 5 gains struggle to comprehend.
Until Genetics can come up with a better explanation I'll go with Iris theory. And I kind of like Iris's new nickname for The Teenager.
Agent # 5.