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What did the Romans ever do for us?

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Chris Ferguson
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What did the Romans ever do for us?
Posted on: September 9 2008, 01:41 am

Well apart from Roads, Aquaducts, laws, sanitation, etc - it seems they may have also given us a more frequent allele mutation that provides a greater resistance to HIV-1! Was sent article in Telegraph by friends: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2674993/Britons-may-be-more-vulnerable-to-Aids-due-to-Roman-invasion.html but was intrigued and found the source article at:

"Is the European spatial distribution of the HIV-1-resistant CCR5-Delta32 allele formed by a breakdown of the pathocenosis due to the historical Roman expansion?"

Eric Faure, Manuela Royer-Carenz

Infection, Genetics and Evolution,

In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 27 August 2008

It is actually an interesting article - if you can be bothered wading through all 42 pages of it and access to a medical library!

Chris
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