A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Srpkinja na čelu Odeljenja za genetiku u Bostonskoj dečjoj bolnici

U nekoliko najvećih američkih klinika, laboratorijski se radi dešifrovanje kompletnog genoma, tako da se može saznati od kojih bolesti bi osoba mogla u budućnosti da boluje, a jednu takvu laboratoriju vodi i prof.dr Mira Bjelotomić Irons, poreklom iz Srbije.

Ona je načelnica Odeljenja za genetiku u Bostonskoj dečjoj bolnici, gde se radi prenatalna dijagnostika, odnosno uz pomoć testova ženama još u trudnoći otkriva od kojih bolesti bi dete u budućnosti moglo da boluje.

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"Dešifrovanje celog genoma se sada posebno radi u prenatalnoj dijagnostici, ali može i nakon rođenja. Obično ih rade žene koje u porodici imaju neko nasledno teško oboljenje. Na ovaj način neke bolesti mogu da se preveniraju ili da se osmisli terapija i lečenje pre nego što se dete razboli", rekla je Tanjugu Mira Bjelotomić Irons.

Ova dijagnostika još uvek je veoma skupa i, prema njenim rečima, radi se samo na nekoliko najvećih univerziteta u Americi, tako da se ne može očekivati da uskoro počne da se primenjuje i u Srbiji.

Naša sagovornica kaže da čitanje genoma u Ametici košta pet do deset hiljada dolara i da se radi na tome da bude dostupno što većem broju ljudi.

"Napredovanjem tehnologije smanjiće se cena testova, ideja je da bude oko 1.000 dolara, kako bi bilo dostupno što većem broju ljudi", naglasila je ona.

Prof.dr Mira Bjelotomić Irons nedavno je boravila u Srbiji na četvrtoj Konferenciji srpske medicinske dijaspore. Kako je rekla Tanjugu, imala je priliku da sarađuje sa mnogim srpskim genetičarima.

Ona smatra da Srbija, što se tiče kadrova i znanja, ne zaostaje za Amerikom i ističe da je veoma važno da genetičari međusobno sarađuju, a skupovi poput Konferencija srpske medicinske dijaspore su, kako objašnjava, odlična prilika za upoznavanje i razmenu iskustava.

Saradnja genetičara

"Genetika, kao relativno mlada nauka, nije dovoljno upoznata sa svim retkim bolestima i zato je važno da genetičari međusobno razgovaraju i razmenjuju iskustva, ne samo unutar jedne države, već na svetskom nivou. Ideja je da se saradnja ostvari i sa genetičarima u Srbiji", naglasila je ona. Zahvaljujući savremenoj tehnologiji nije neophodno, kako kaže, da se genetičari sastaju, već se razmena iskustva i konsultacije mogu obaviti i putem savremenih sredstava komunikacije, poput Skajpa.

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People Directory

Allex Mandusich

Andjelko "Big Jake Alex" Mandusich is a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and was one of the greatest Serbian-American heroes of World War I.

He was born on July 13th, 1887 at Sar Planina, Serbia. In 1905, at the age of 18, he immigrated to America.

When the US entered World War I, Mandusich immediately enrolled himself in the Army. During the battle in Amiens region in France in August of 1918, Jake, now a corporal, advanced his men at Chipilly Ridge; there were many casualties and in the heat of the battle Alex realized that all officers had been hit and that he was now the leader of his platoon. His men were pinned down by machine gunfire from a German nest thirty yards away. Under intense fire Manudsich made his way to the nest alone; he pulled out his bayonet and attacked..

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Publishing

The Church at Prayer

by Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra

Publisher’s note

Many readers of the addresses of Elder Aimilianos, which have been published in the five-volume series, rchimandrite Aimilianos, Spiritual Instructions and Discourses (Ormylia, 1998-2003), have frequently expressed the wish for an abridged and more accessible form of his teaching. In response, we are happy to inaugurate a new series of publications incorporating key texts from the above-mentioned collection. Other considerations have also contributed o this new project, such as the selection of specific texts which address important, contemporary questions; the need for a smaller, more reader-friendly publication format; and the necessity for editing certain passages in need of clarification, without however altering their basic meaning.

Above all, the works collected in this volume reflect the importance which the Elder consistently attached to prayer, spirituality, community life, worship, and liturgy. Thus the experientially based works "On Prayer", and "The Prayer of the Holy Mountain", which deal primarily with the Prayer of the Heart, appear first, followed by the summary addresses on "The Divine Liturgy", and "Our Church Attendance". These are in turn followed by the more socially oriented discourses on "Our Relations with Our Neighbor", and "Marriage: The Great Sacrament". Finally, the present volume closes with the sermons on "Spiritual Reading" and "The Spiritual Life", which in a simple and yet compelling manner set forth the conditions for "ascending to heaven on the wings of the Spirit".

It is our hope that The Church at Prayer will meet the purpose for which it is issued and will serve as a ready aid and support for those who desire God and eternal life in Him.