As the book Genome by Matt Ridley, states: “The human genome – the complete set of human genes– comes packaged in 23 separate pairs of chromosomes. Of these, 22 pairs are numbered in approximate order of size, from the largest (number 1) to the smallest (number 22), whilst the remaining pair consists of the sex chromosomes: two large X chromosomes in women, one X and one small Y in men. In size, the X comes between chromosomes 7 and 8, whereas the Y is the smallest”.
Indeed, the way our biological nature is configured is fascinating if you see it from a programmer’s perspective. Because it is a code, a sequence, a series of commands that we got before we were born. For those already hacking reality, our genome could be seen as our “root console”, through which we can recode our senses, abilities and capabilities.
Moreover, the number 23 remains one of the most mystical numbers worldwide. The fact that our genome has this number leaves room for different perspectives. For some, this will have no apparent significance, whereas others will notice the coincidental divinity in such simple fact.
Evolutionary biologist, David Haig, sees chromosome 19 as his favourite chromosome because “it has all sorts of mischievous genes on it” (Ridley, M. Genome, page 3). This is an interesting perspective, because this way, he gives some type of personality to different chromosomes. So really, if each part of our human genome has a story… Our body is the most fascinating book one could ever read, study and aim to understand. It is building a personal relationship with who we are at our core being.
Interesting questions arise, such as: Could we link our personal life chapters to specific chromosomes? How can we become aware of the chromosomes that are currently activated and functioning? How can we reach our maximum biological potential?
There are genes in us that have not changed much since ancestral times. Some others only exist due to disease and epidemics. And then there are those genes that could easily be read as history. In a way, our human genome is the autobiography, records and logs of our species.