Doctor’s Diary December 8, 2017: Re-blending our DNA

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Re-blending our DNA

Seretse Khama, a prince from the African country of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), fell in love with a woman in England after WW II.  She was white.

Ann Durham grew up in Kansas and in the 1960s fell in love with a man in Hawaii.  He was black.

Prince Harry falls in love with an American, Meghan Markle.  She is half black.

The inevitable is occurring:  A prince who became the first President of Botswana; a Kansas women whose son became President of the United States; and now possibly an heir who becomes Queen or King of England.

Love is the answer as we re-blend our DNA and unshackle false separations perpetuated solely by the color of one’s skin.

Face it.  What is the fastest growing population in the United States?  The mixed race.

DNA allows us to realize how closely we are related.  Supremacists in Charlottesville, and even warring factions in the middle east share common genetic background with their adversaries.

Honor those brave souls from Botswana, America, England, and many others (like my parents) who found courage challenging laws of segregation. 

Love makes re-blending inevitable.

Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.


  • Marcy Rothenberg says:

    My late mother-in-law found a wonderful way to teach her children this important life lesson. When my then 6-year-old sister-in-law, her oldest child, asked her why some people had dark skin and others light, she said, “That’s just the way they’re born.” “But why?” “Well it’s just the color that their skin is.” She saw that my sister-in-law was still confused. So she went to the refrigerator and removed two eggs. She asked, “What’s the difference between these two eggs?” “One’s brown and one’s white.” Then she broke the two eggs into a bowl and asked, “What’s the difference between them now?” Silence.

  • Steve Kassel says:

    Beautifully written, Dr. Dorio! My DNA came back saying that I am 4% African, when all I knew was that I was Eastern European. I have wondered that if 23 and Me or were to do free DNA testing at White Supremacy rallies, the results might cause those people people to re-think their ignorant ways.

  • H says:

    The geneticists tell us that there have been two significant migrations out of the Rift Valley in Kenya, and that all the men on earth, not the women, can be traced genetically to the second migration. New information may arrive with further studies in other countries.
    Other studies suggest that our species was confined to a narrow band near the equator, and nearly lost, apparently to forces well beyond our control then or now.
    At the moment we have our species growing from 1,000,000,000 in 1900 to twice that in 1950 to seven times that today, the present problem being we are crowding other species and nearly half our global population lives on about $2/day.
    Since we pay some of our smartest to fly to Africa to shoot lions, e.g. the dentist from Wisconsin last year, we must ask ourselves whether there is still intelligent life on earth.
    One answer to an excess of Homo Sapiens may be gossypol. Google it. A clever chemist could create an even better molecule. H

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