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Jan. 7th, 2005 | 04:04 pm
music: godspeed you! black emperor - f# a# oo - 02 - east hastings

Genetic resistance to AIDS works in different ways and appears in different ethnic groups. The most powerful form of resistance, caused by a genetic defect, is limited to people with European or Central Asian heritage. An estimated 1 percent of people descended from Northern Europeans are virtually immune to AIDS infection, with Swedes the most likely to be protected. One theory suggests that the mutation developed in Scandinavia and moved southward with Viking raiders.

All those with the highest level of HIV immunity share a pair of mutated genes -- one in each chromosome -- that prevent their immune cells from developing a "receptor" that lets the AIDS virus break in. If the so-called CCR5 receptor -- which scientists say is akin to a lock -- isn't there, the virus can't break into the cell and take it over.

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Polly Pocket

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from: fetal_vagina
date: Jan. 8th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)

one more reason to love scandinavians.
literally.

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Catamighty

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from: champagnesheik
date: Jan. 8th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)

Hahaha! Amen!

I also heard there are some people in African who are immune. They supposedly come from a long line of whores.

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