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Andrew49
19-05-2010, 09:41 AM
Could the eradication of smallpox have been a factor in the spread of HIV? Thatís the question posed by researchers in the journal BMC Immunology (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2172/11/23/abstract), who think that the vaccine might have offered partial protection against HIV. As smallpox was wiped out, fewer people received the vaccine. The HIV explosion followed.

Source (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/18/AR2010051805152.html)

C. Flower
19-05-2010, 10:34 AM
Fascinating. Some diseases have been around millions of years and are more or less part of our evolution.

Andrew49
19-05-2010, 11:35 AM
We [humans] are very very paltry in the scheme of things.

C. Flower
19-05-2010, 11:46 AM
We [humans] are very very paltry in the scheme of things.

Some things we think are simply problems have positive sides - sickle cell anaemia I read gives some protection from malaria. Its evolution in action.