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06/15/2012

Condemnation of "Racial Purity"Genetic Testing

Skye: Reading this shocked me into a new appreciation of why it is not enough to say "Never again", build a museum, memorial or centre, lay a wreath and shed tears:  the Holocaust did not begin with an act, but in the mind, in thoughts, ideas which seethed in circumstances not so unlike our current time- massive unemployment, economic instability, and a rising intolerance of whomever is perceived to be the "other", and therefore a threat.   Yes, the past must not be forgotten, but in the form of vigilance against whatever new guise racism and its accompanying hatred may take- and new group targeted.

"Officials in Hungary united this week to condemn ongoing ethnic violence and anti-Semitic attacks, including an assault on the former Chief Rabbi on 5 June. But a cause for further soul-searching has emerged: a scientific scandal recalling discredited notions of racial purity.

Hungary’s Medical Research Council (ETT), which advises the government on health policy, has asked public prosecutors to investigate a genetic-diagnostic company that certified that a member of parliament did not have Roma or Jewish heritage.

The MP in question is a member of the far-right Jobbik party, which won 17% of the votes in the general election of April 2010..." Full article here.
http://www.nature.com/news/genome-test-slammed-for-assessing-racial-purity-1.10809

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