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  •  Depends. for me they matter a lot. (21+ / 0-)

    On their shoulders I am here today.

    History is a very important aspect of my own work as an anthropologist, but it has also shaped who I am politically.

    I tipped your comment even though I disagree with half of it - since genetic markers for disease potential is very important research.  

    So I half - agree :)

    "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 04:05:53 AM PDT

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    •  Genetic markers for disease (7+ / 0-)

      is the future of medicine!

      Medicine is mostly about accurately identifying the problem and then apply the most effective treatment.

      Genetics research has pointed out that we haven't really been accurate at all in pinpointing the problem.  Hypertension?  A symptom - not the problem.  Treating a symptom is a start, but treating the actual cause(s) is far more effective.  Autism - huge potential for finding real causes and real treatments.

      And the best use for genetics - identifying disease markers before any symptoms appear at all!  Start prophylactic treatment and never develop the disease at all.  There's an iron storage problem which can kill you by damaging your liver, heart and pancreas.  Symptoms often don't show until people reach their 40s.  With preventative treatment, people with the genetic disease will never actually suffer!  

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      by Fabian on Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 05:50:23 AM PDT

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    •  I also agree with you. My ancestry matters a lot (3+ / 0-)
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      to me as a Chicana. It wasn't until I did my own family genealogical history that I became aware of my family's history in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, and even Africa.
      I discovered through death certificates that we have a history of hypertension, diabetes, kidney failure. I also discovered a black ancestry which made me dig even further into the history of Blacks in Mexico. My g-g-g grandfather was a Mulatto Libre so his parish record from Ayo El Chico (Ayotlan), Jalisco Mexico states.  The further in our famiy tree that I went back (1600's), I found even more Mulatto Libre's, along with the Espanole, and Mestizo.  When I first discovered this parish record, I had to do a double take and ask some friends of mine who are more fluent in Spanish than I am about what I was reading.  I greeted this discovery with excitement, more research, and somehow a sense of completeness.  I wish more Chicano's would embrace or at least become aware of their Black heritage. The younger generation (my fellow students) seem to be embracing it and think it's very cool. I am majoring in Chicana/o Ethnic Studies and will be transferring to CSULB here in California soon to major in this subject, with a minor in a health care project that focuses on "Latino" health care issues. My goal is to ensure that Chicano's understand their heritage, embrace it, and then spread the word on how important it is for them have pride. Idiots like Lou Dobbs want to rob us of our pride but it is backfiring on him.  Anyway, great diary Deoliver47 -- thanks,

      •  I asked you some questions lower down (1+ / 0-)
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        in the thread - was working my way up - you answered them :)

        Check out the list of the founders of Los Angeles:
        (I've seen the plaque with their names in LA)

        On September 4, 1781, El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles was founded by 44 pobladores from New Spain, now called Mexico. The heads of the eleven founding families were Antonio Clemente Villavicencio, a Spaniard, Antonio Mesa, a Negro; Jose Fernando Lara, a Spainard; Jose Vanegas, an Indian; Pablo Rodriquez, an Indian; Manuel Camero, a Mulatto (mixed negro); Jose Antonio Navarro, a Mestizo; Jose Moreno, a Mulatto (mixed negro); Basillio Rosas, an Indian; Alejandro Rosas, an Indian; and Luis Quintero, a Negro.

        The two Spaniards and three Indians had Indian wives; the remaining six had Mulatto (mixed negro) wives. Despite their varied racial background, they shared a common language, culture, and religion since all were Spanish subjects and Catholics.

        "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

        by Denise Oliver Velez on Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 12:13:53 PM PDT

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