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From: "Tom Gull" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] [Bulk] Re: OT How many races are there?
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 21:00:24 -0400
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Or when the chain of logic is stopped before its obvious end, such as with
"medicine based on race now that we understand genes". We already know that
each person has a continuum of genes and one's appearance can be very
misleading and an incorrect reflection of one's overall genetics. With the
current state of medicine, we are indeed realizing that people with similar
ancestries and specific genes may need treatments that differ based on the
genes themselves. But the obvious endpoint of that when we can map one
person's genome quickly and cheaply is that medical treatment will totally
ignore "race", it will be based on the individual's mix of genes regardless
of those traits commonly labelled race. Why treat someone incorrectly
because you think he or she is a member of a group when you have data in
front of you that says otherwise? Treatment will become very individual,
the opposite of being based on race. It's not yet clear how long it will
take to get there, but it's hard to foresee any other endpoint.

From: "Vincent Vizachero" <>
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2010 7:50 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] [Bulk] Re: OT How many races are there?
> ... When the self-professed proponents of race can't
> keep their own arguments straight, I'm not sure how much effort to
> expend critiquing them.
> VV

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