September 04, 2008
Romans Being Blamed For HIV

"According to genetic research published on Wednesday, when Julius Caesar made his first exploratory visit to our shores in 55BC he triggered a chain of events which may have lowered our resistance to the virus which leads to Aids."

"The theory is that as the Roman Empire spread so did an unknown illness that killed those carrying a gene that would one day give their descendants resistance to the virus."

"As a result, today's inhabitants of nations once conquered by the Romans tend to lack the gene and so are more susceptible to HIV."


Posted by Ellen at September 04, 2008 09:20 PM

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But apparently much more susceptible to the unknown illness that wiped them all out.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on September 7, 2008 08:09 AM

It's an awful big leap going back 2,063 years to find a genetic anomaly, especially one that triggered a bizarre cascade of events leading to AIDS virus.

Posted by: Mark on September 7, 2008 11:41 AM
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