The article discusses how DNA testing in the last few years has become more popular as tests become cheaper and more accurate. The tests show the genetic composition of a person and breaks down a person’s ethnicity. The article focuses on Alice Plebuch, a woman who had previously believed she was Irish only to discover she wasn’t. After taking a DNA test she found out she was half Jewish, she was upset after receiving her results because she believed it was an error, however, after a second test she found out she was in fact half Jewish. Plebuch then asked some of her family members to also get a DNA test done to see where the genes could have come from. After other tests came back it was determined that her father was the one who must’ve been Jewish in one form or another. After much research and digging into old records, Plebuch found out that her father and another baby had been switched at the hospital. Her father was born of a Jewish family and the baby who went to the other family was Irish. Plebuch discovered this after a woman had submitted her test and they found out their fathers were switched as babys.
One thing I found especially interesting about this article was how big of an impact the results had on the families. I understand that finding out that someone you know so well (your father) is not who you thought they were can be concerning, however, as the article mentions in the end Plebuch or her sisters wouldn’t have been born if it weren’t for the mix up at birth. I think that the comment about her feeling jealousy after seeing the picture of the little boy on the horse because it should have been her father is interesting because it’s almost as if she wishes the past could be written when in reality if it had played out differently she or her family wouldn’t be here today.