Topping the company’s targets is sickle cell disease—a point mutation that predominantly affects Black people and has been neglected through more than a century of racist attitudes.

When the staff at Forbes start writing like this…..

Sickle cell isn’t cured as yet for the same reason cystic fibrosis isn’t. We don’t know how to, not because society is racist. BTW, CF disproportionately affects whiter people. Still ain’t cured.

27 thoughts on “Jeez”

  1. Why are they asking useless white people to find a cure; surely Wakandan science has cured all known diseases by now?

  2. Sickle cell anaemia exists because the genetic mutation that causes sickle cell anaemia in a minority of those affected provides protection against malaria in the majority.
    “Curing” sickle cell anaemia requires rewriting the individual’s genetic code in his/her DNA. Which results in a different individual. This approaches the cross-over point from Science Fiction to horror movies.
    Oh, doesn’t the writer know the difference between a century and a millennium?

  3. Sickle cell disease, a point mutation.

    I read that bit three times and couldn’t wrap my head around it. I realised I don’t need to, English is not my 1st. language after all.

  4. “Sickle cell disease, a point mutation”

    funk that up a bit and you have a snazzy 70’s disco lyrics right there, rhymes with temptation.

  5. If you cure sickle cell, then lots more people will die of malaria than do die of sickle cell, as it seems unlikely that we’ll eliminate malaria.

    CF is interesting. There’s a theory that it’s so prevalent (I’ve read 1 in 22 of the northern caucasian population have the mutation) because it gave some protection against the depredations of intestinal parasites. Although the bad effects are in the lungs, there is also an effect in the intestinal wall. Now of course, with good hygiene, intestinal parasites are no longer a real problem so the incidence of the mutation should go down.

  6. ‘Topping the company’s targets is sickle cell disease—a point mutation that predominantly affects Black people and has been neglected through more than a century of racist attitudes.’

    I don’t subscribe to Forbes, so this is all I see.

    Is Forbes saying it has been neglected due to ‘racist attitudes,’ or ‘the company’ saying it? IWTK, who’s the stupid one?

    And I call petitio principii on ‘neglected.’

  7. What a stupid article. She can’t even write: “advancements” indeed!

    People tend to make rude speculations on why dozy broads like her get hired.

  8. There’s not one sickle cell disease, affects “blacks”. There are several sickle cell traits affect several racial groups.Some of them W. African descent. It’s possibly not even a predominantly “black” affliction. If you define “black” as the particular blacks who are doing the whining.

    Gotta declare an interest here. A girlfriend’s father died of it. So she may have been carrying the trait (Afro-Caribbean mulata. A “red” so both white & Carib in the mix). We did work for the charity. Helped put a Xmas record together. You tend to learn a lot.

  9. Bloke in North Dorset

    “ CF is interesting. There’s a theory that it’s so prevalent (I’ve read 1 in 22 of the northern caucasian population have the mutation) because it gave some protection against the depredations of intestinal parasites. Although the bad effects are in the lungs, there is also an effect in the intestinal wall. Now of course, with good hygiene, intestinal parasites are no longer a real problem so the incidence of the mutation should go down.”

    There’s a theory that the lack of parasites is in part the cause of the increase in autoimmune diseases. Apparently our immune systems were in a permanent state of arousal fighting parasites and now they’re no longer present our immune systems get over active in some cases. I can’t remember where I heard it but it was a credible source.

  10. BIND
    It’s now commonplace to do a vaginal sweep to transfer bacteria (good and bad) to newborns by caesarian section.
    The rise of allergies has been plausibly attributed to lack of infectious challenge in early life (the “hygiene hypothesis”)
    Many people who have “surely” been exposed to covid and recovered show no antibodies. The disease was fought off by the usual complement of defence mechanisms without the body needing to invent new antibodies.
    Most of us are the “cowpox girl” Jenner used. Did she have a name?

  11. Bloke in North Dorset

    OT

    I see you lucky Scots are going to have the opportunity to make your appreciation of your Dear Leader publicly known on Sunday:

    “ What will you be doing next Sunday at 8pm? If you live north of the border, the ideologically correct answer is clapping for ‘Oor Nicola’. Nicola Sturgeon is turning 50 and several thousand of her more enthusiastic admirers are planning to hold a clap in her honour.”

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/will-you-clap-for-nicola-

    (Stop sniggering at the back, this is serious stuff, how will the Dear Leader know how much she is loved By all the population otherwise?)

  12. From the Telegraph:

    Looking at Nicola Sturgeon’s polling popularity it’s easy to forget that the Scottish First Minister presided over a care home coronavirus death rate double that of England. It’s easy to miss the fact that Scotland has been significantly behind England when it comes to the rate of testing too. As Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray told a private zoom meeting at the end of May, “all of these things in Scotland are in a lot of instances worse than what’s happening in England but Boris gets the blame and not Nicola Sturgeon.”

  13. Huh?!! Neglected?!!

    If there’s one “simple and easy” disease that’s a target of applied gene therapy research it’s sickle cell anemia.. Because when you get to genetic defects it’s about the simplest there is, with a thoroughly understood pathway, and a fair number of avenues of how to approach the problem.

    And we do know how to.. Several ways.. It’s just that any of the “cures” is currently worse than the disease. Far worse, in most cases. Unless people wish to die of an impressive array of cancers within 2 years after curing what to most people is only a mild inconvenience….

  14. …neglected through more than a century of racist attitudes

    The author is saying it’s whitey’s job to find the cure for all the world’s diseases and that blacks, child-like, can only be expected to wait more or less patiently.

    The bigotry of low expectations from Forbes.

  15. The unnecessary deaths in Leicester are a consequence of the worst of this country.
    Firstly, only as callous and stupid a government as this, would imagine that the safe practices they encouraged employers to adopt would actually happen.
    Any business fighting for its life does what it has to, and thats even a good one. The Leicester rag trade probably has a slightly better reputation than care homes, for sweat shop practices; but its close.
    Secondly the racism industry, equally stupidly,was so busy inventing a racist virus or something racist anyway, to blame for BAME death rates, that no-one could say it had be to do with lifestyle.
    No-one could ask about the way Indian and Pakistan women are treated by their employers, no-one could suggest it was in any way the fault of any part o the BAME community itself which it fucking obviously had to be.
    Result : Dead people
    The killer : Dim witted populists on both sides

  16. “When the staff at Forbes start writing like this….. “

    Come on Tim, they went woke years ago when they sacked/cancelled you like El Reg did

    SCA, CF, Flu, Common (Covid) Cold…. Death not cured

    As usual from Left, seek racism in everything – I guess Black women hating their curly hair and straightening/shave&wig is white racism too

    Left openly want to eradicate whites
    – City of Seattle tells white employees to work on undoing their whiteness
    – White employees were informed that their so-called ‘white’ qualities were offensive and unacceptable
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLBQX5Z-j-I

  17. As Tractor Gent says, sickle cell anemia is an adaption to provide a degree of immunity to malaria. Thalassemia is a milder form of mutation that provides similar protection.

    If we could genetically modify all blacks, arabs, indians etc to eliminate this, no doubt, while dying of malaria, they’d be screaming that it’s all our fault.

  18. “The author is saying it’s whitey’s job to find the cure for all the world’s diseases and that blacks, child-like, can only be expected to wait more or less patiently.”

    Yep, see the next post along. Medicine Sans Frontiers a charity that provides free medical care to poor people all over the world is being criticised for some kind of neo colonialist attitude. You really can’t win with these people, cure diseases or don’t cure diseases, either way you’re in the wrong and a racist.

  19. @ Newmania
    Workers and Employers in Leicester are conspiring together to evade the law on National Minimum Wage. Why? Because it put 90% of UK textile workers out of a job, mostly by bankrupting their employers. Strangely some Pakistani women are sufficiently numerate to realise that they are better-off earning £6 an hour than collecting the dole. Of course the non-appearance of about half the workers on official data (while the other half was reported as being paid just enough above NMW as to avoid suspicion) meant they couldn’t get JSA if/when laid off.

  20. @john77 “conspiring together to evade the law on National Minimum Wage. Why? Because it put 90% of UK textile workers” – the minimum was not the reason why we lost most of the textile industry, more a case of nicer jobs, paying more, elsewhere. That’s how come we know that our economy is superior, we don’t have to do shit work for shit wages, we have other options.
    And minimum only came in about 20 years ago, most of the textiles industry was by then long gone.
    ( I often think of an office job in parking enforcement as a ‘nicer job, paying more’. ).

  21. @ johnnybonk
    To be a bit more long-winded “90% of those working in the textile industry in 1997 lost their jobs by 2010”.
    One reason was that M&S decided it had to give up its “Buy British” ppolicy because its prices would be so far above those of Next or Littlewoods or … that its sales would slump too low for it to run its then network of shops.
    The textile industry had already declined by 1997 but the 90% collapse to which I referred was to the industry as it was immediately before NMW.

  22. @johnnybonk

    Utter bollocks

    1997
    “Nicer jobs for all” – binmen etc gone?
    “Minimum Wage” The national minimum wage (NMW) took effect on 1 April 1999 … and led to job losses especially amongst mentally and physically disabled (who Lefties claim to represent)

    I saw it happen: supermarkets sacked all but best One car park trolley gatherer

    @Gamecock
    Gonorrhoea is too mild for Fuhrer Sturgeon. Syphilis more clap happy

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