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    in you calling it the plauge.

    They started getting a handle on HIV and AIDSwhen people started coming forward that had been exposed over and over but did not end up with HIV or AIDS. There were others that did get it but it spontainously diappeared. The figure is about 20% of the population.

    It turned out to be a gene that is carried by people who had ancestors that survived the plauge. They do not know if the survivors already had this gene or if it mutated because of the disease.

    Tey have discovered if you have one copy you ca get IV but your body will fight it off. If you have two copies (both mother and father carry the gene) you probably won't contract it at all.

    There was a special on this on PBS a few years ago. I imagine evetually with gene study it will lead to a vaccine.

    I have been following the research as it seems it is sort of a bullet proof gene that protects people from several diseases such as HCV as well.

    It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

    by PSWaterspirit on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:53:04 AM PST

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