Irish American Woman Discovers Her Long Lost Siblings Through DNA Test

Surprising Results

It’s a joyful surprise to know that you have siblings after spending years unaware of them! This happened with an Irish American woman, who discovered her true bloodline and relatives with the help of the DNA testing company 23andMe. Placed up for adoption as an infant, Caryn McCabe wondered about her true identity for most of her life. Now, thanks to DNA testing, she is connected with her five long-lost siblings, all amazingly living just a few blocks away from her home in Long Island, New York!

The Initial Feeling

Retired school teacher Caryn McCabe has been living in Massapequa Park in Long Island for most of her life. After being made aware that she was adopted in 1958, she contacted 23andMe with a decision to take a DNA test in 2019. McCabe found one of her first cousins through the test but didn’t contact them immediately. According to McCabe, as they didn’t know about her existence, she didn’t want to be the one rocking the boat or do anything to upset anybody.

The Aftermath

The Aftermath

Then, a newly passed New York state law allowed McCabe to view her pre-adoption birth certificate, which revealed an Irish woman Jane McMahon as her birth mother, but no father. Eventually, McCabe’s cousin Eileen Connolly reached out to 23andMe, and they started to piece together the details. When one of her siblings, John, took a DNA test at the same company, they were able to fit together the final pieces of the puzzle. It turned out that Eileen was actually McCabe’s sibling and their parents got married in Queens, New York, and raised four more children – John, Tricia, Kathleen, and Denise. They suspect that only McCabe was put up for adoption as her parents were unmarried at the time of her birth, which was frowned upon in strict families. Now, thanks to the DNA test, the siblings were finally able to meet up in person.

Researchers Find Success With Reducing Mosquito Population in Florida

The animal that kills the most humans every year is a surprising one. It’s not the ferocious lion or a poisonous snake, it is not even a stinging scorpion. In actuality, it is one we see every day – mosquitoes. These little pests are the reason for the most number of animal deaths every year and because of this, humans have been desperately trying to find a solution to end their reign of terror. And it seems that the people in Florida have hit the jackpot.

The Florida Success

The mosquitoes do not directly sting poison into our veins, but what they do is something close. These pesky insects transmit many deadly bacterias and viruses while sipping on their nectar of human blood. Researchers in Oxitec finally received some positive results after a year-long experiment. The researchers are using the cutting-edge technology of genetic modification to remove the problem. This experiment is not the first in its field, but it is the first to get such great results.

The Research

Nathan Rose, who is the head of the UK-based biotechnology firm Oxitec, the company behind the experiment, had only positive news to share about it. According to him, during this trial, they were able to hit all the key performance outcomes they wanted. This experiment saw the researchers inject a gene that is lethal to female offspring in the male Aedes aegypti. These mosquitoes, over 22,000 of them, were released into the Florida Keys. Their mating progress was tracked, and it was observed that the female larva that came in contact with the males died soon thereafter. Even after positive solutions, this is not a foolproof method. It does not solve the problem of mosquitoes transmitting deadly diseases. This particular mosquito issue is a huge problem in Florida, so at least this is step one to curbing the problems caused by them. The scientists are hopeful that further research will reveal better solutions.