Written by Candas Emcioglu

The completion ofrepparttar Human Genome Project was greeted with much enthusiasm and many hopes for a bright future pregnant with new possibilities. Currently incurable diseases would be detected early enough and would be prevented before they developed. Damaged organs would be replaced with brand new cloned organs perfectly compatible with our bodies as these organs would be specially grown out of our own stem cells. Our children would be healtier and would live longer. The possibilities that were inrepparttar 132223 horizon seemed endless. Some even believed that one day we would even defeat death and would perhaps beat God in his own game.

Overrepparttar 132224 past forty years, genes have gradually gained a new value asrepparttar 132225 raw resources orrepparttar 132226 building blocks of an already happening biotech revolution that has been penetrating virtually every industry inrepparttar 132227 world markets. Those who have been involved inrepparttar 132228 race of decipheringrepparttar 132229 genetic code of life forms on this planet have also been part of a more vicious race of acquiring patents and intellectual property rights.

Althoughrepparttar 132230 ethical challenges posed byrepparttar 132231 biotech revolution are still being debated, patents on biotechnological inventions on living matter, such as genetically modified seeds, micro-organisms, genes, tissues, cell lines and many other components of life are now a reality. This double-edged sword has created a dilemma. On one hand, it is imperative to form a healthy balance betweenrepparttar 132232 interests ofrepparttar 132233 inventor andrepparttar 132234 society via a social contract, such as a patent, which should also encourage scientific progress and a safe platform forrepparttar 132235 continuation of future inventions. Onrepparttar 132236 other hand, such patents closely related to life and healthcare, underrepparttar 132237 strict control of a small group of corporate entities, worry many people, who clearly understand that inrepparttar 132238 near future one will have to pay royalties or will have no access to certain healthcare services.

Triumph Unmasked: Why We Celebrate Black History

Written by Peggy Butler

A tribute to our past, present and future. Here’s torepparttar winner in all of us.

The history of a noble race, running roughshod over bondage, obstacles and time eternal. Fearless, proud and infinitely hopeful, that isrepparttar 132222 essence of our heritage. In honoring Black America we celebraterepparttar 132223 rebirth ofrepparttar 132224 nation’s most maligned ethnic group.

We celebraterepparttar 132225 present by expounding on our achievements and reliving great moments fromrepparttar 132226 past. We celebrate our ancestors who toiled inrepparttar 132227 midday sun, underrepparttar 132228 sweltering heat of oppression. Exhausted, their hands covered with abrasions fromrepparttar 132229 cotton’s prickly thorns, they refused to buckle underrepparttar 132230 indignation, creating courage ofrepparttar 132231 highest magnitude.

We celebraterepparttar 132232 legacy of Marcus Garvey, Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. Dubois, crying out against injustice. We celebraterepparttar 132233 NAACP, National Urban League and Southern Christian Leadership Conference in their crusade to removerepparttar 132234 insufferable stench of racism gone awry.

We celebraterepparttar 132235 strength of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Ida Wells-Barnett, women of unrelenting persistence, rebelling againstrepparttar 132236 savagery of hate and inhumanity.

We celebraterepparttar 132237 uprisings of Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey in their ill-fated attempt at freedom. So strong were these men in their quest for freedom, they preferred death to enslavement. We celebraterepparttar 132238 Civil, Political and Equal rights so long denied and withheld. We celebrate our triumphs, disasters and heritage.

We celebraterepparttar 132239 political activism of Jesse Jackson, Fannie Lou Hamer andrepparttar 132240 charismatic Adam Clayton Powell, eloquent strategists demandingrepparttar 132241 granting of voting rights to every adult, young and old.

We celebraterepparttar 132242 soldiers onrepparttar 132243 battlefield. Fromrepparttar 132244 rebel retreat of Fort Wagner duringrepparttar 132245 Civil War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Unsung heroes fighting and dying to keep America safe for democracy.

We celebraterepparttar 132246 literary genius of James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks and Maya Angelou, urging America to redeem its pledge of equal rights for all viarepparttar 132247 written word.

We celebraterepparttar 132248 Revolutionists; Malcolm X, Angela Davis andrepparttar 132249 Black Panthers, passionately urging Blacks to abandonrepparttar 132250 “wait and see” attitude and rebel againstrepparttar 132251 White Establishment.”

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