Sunday, November 11, 2007

melatonin matters & more

DNA research has truly yielded extraordinary results. It was only a few years ago that the human genome was coded. Now, research seems to show that race isn't merely a matter of the epidermis.
... new research is exploring the remaining fraction to explain differences between people of different continental origins.

Scientists, for instance, have recently identified small changes in DNA that account for the pale skin of Europeans, the tendency of Asians to sweat less and West Africans’ resistance to certain diseases.

At the same time, genetic information is slipping out of the laboratory and into everyday life, carrying with it the inescapable message that people of different races have different DNA. Ancestry tests tell customers what percentage of their genes are from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. The heart-disease drug BiDil is marketed exclusively to African-Americans, who seem genetically predisposed to respond to it. Jews are offered prenatal tests for genetic disorders rarely found in other ethnic groups.

Though we may be different, we have still been fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) by God.

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