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Subject: Discovery health program
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 07:19:39 EDT

Discovery Health Channel had a program last night on survivors of the Plague
in London in 1665. Apparently a scientist has wondered why the 32 people in
the village listed in the article below survived and if there was a genetic
mutation that would also protect against AIDS, bird flu and other major viruses.
Since the population of this small town is still pretty self contained, he was
able to extract DNA samples from descendants of these survivors and discovered
a DELTA 32 mutation in each of them -- some with 2 copies and some with only
1. Now he is finding the same gene in people exposed to AIDs but not infected.
I watched the show originally because my family was from Berks England in
that time period but the disease did not seem to travel that far. However, some
on this list (being genealogists, interested in DNA and many medical
professionals) might have ties to London in that time period -- and find this

"The plague broke out in the village of Eyam in Derbyshire, brought on a
shipment of old clothes sent from London. The villagers, led by their courageous
clergyman, realized that the only way to stop the spread of the plague to
surrounding villages was to voluntarily quarantine the village, refusing to leave
until the plague had run its course. This they did, though the cost was 259
dead out of a total of 292 inhabitants. Each year this heroic event is
commemorated by the Plague Sunday Service in Eyam. "

Here is a more scientific description from PBS

Anyone out there with ancestors in London or Eyam in 1665?? Take care.

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