My personal and professional adventure into Science

My 99 year old grandfather

On the 31 March 1915 my Grandfather, Walther Alfred Petersen, was born. He is a remarkable man and now almost a century old 🙂 Now there is only one more year until he will receive a birthday greeting from the Danish Queen. Everyone in Denmark turning 100 and 105 years old will receive a greeting.
I have always admired my grandfather and enjoyed all his stories from his long life, and he has always enjoyed telling what he has experienced. 15-20 years ago we got him to write down some of all his memories while they were still fresh in his mind and I’m really looking forward to one day reading them again.

Genome-Wide comparison

A few years ago I got the idea of SNP calling my grandfather using the 23andme service, which for me is a fun (and nerdy) way to get even closer to him. Now, besides seeing his traits and disease risk, I can also see what I have inherited from him and at which chromosomes (see picture to the right). All the raw data can of course be browsed as well. Furthermore I can also see his ancestry information and we also have people contacting us because they think we might be closer related. The new form of spam 😉

Grandfathers 99-year-old birthday was celebrated at my Aunt and Uncle’s with some of the family. I came a bit later as I flew in directly from Brazil, a bit tired but it was all worth it ! For whom would not enjoy celebrating such a fantastic person we all love so much 🙂

Grandfather, I love you, and I’m looking forward to spend more time with you in your new year 🙂

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