suzzeeQ wrote:The Quileutes stopped going to Forks Hospital when the Cullens arrived and Carlisle was hired, so they do go to the hospital. They would especially go if they needed treatment that the medical center couldn't provide. Even if the Quileutes who carry the gene don't phase they still have the extra pair. For example, if Sam's dad went to jail and his DNA was entered into a database, it would show he has 24 pairs of chromosomes.
This is an even huger issue for the Quileute diaspora, including, say, Jacob's sister in Hawaii, who carries the gene without knowing anything about werewolves. Say she and her hubby did genetic testing before trying to get pregnant?
Say some other Quileute was arrested, or did paternity testing, without having any idea? This reminds of what Aro said about human technology beginning to threaten their world; he meant vampires, but it clearly applies to werewolves, too (both kinds, probably).
corona wrote:About the only new official information from the guide is that imprinting has been confirmed to always occur between people of the opposite sex. This is a pretty strong indicator that the purpose is either breeding or romance. Outside of that, the wolf pack in the Twilight world will likely continue to debate what the true nature of imprinting in.
I think SM pretty well hands out the unofficial explanation in the interview, though, when she talks about Midsummer’s Night Dream and magic. Unofficially, imprinting is a way to bop the imprinter over the head with the 2x4 of love. That dovetails well with what is officially known, so that genetics are out the window and soul-mate romance is in; at least that is the way I read it.
I think that it being between people of opposite gender actually is a pretty strong argument for it being about breeding, despite the Midsummer Night's Dream quote. That imprinting manifests as love seems to me a logical way of roping in the non-imprinted partner, and a way of making it as comfortable and beneficial as possible. And I think my homosexual friends of both genders would be pretty amused at the idea that romance only happens between people of opposite genders.
Sorry about the colors - can't figure out what I'm doing wrong!