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    Blood Type Decide Resistance to HIV

    A Canadian-Swedish research team has found a blood type molecule that increases the resistance to HIV-infections.
    It is so far unknown why the susceptibility to HIV varies among different populations. Many researchers have searched for factors that can contribute to a greater resistance. Recently, an international research team, with researchers from the University of Toronto and Lund, has now discovered a new resistance factor against HIV.

    The researchers have found a blood type molecule that normally exists on the surface of both white and red blood corpuscles. They showed that a great amount of this molecule increases the resistance to HIV, and a lack of this molecule decreases the resistance to HIV.

    The molecule the researchers have found is a carbohydrate based blood type called PK that exists on several levels on the cell membrane. There are hundreds of differences in the blood from one person to another. These differences can be measured in various systems, the ABO- and Rh systems are mostly used. The PK system is an extended system. In the study, the cells in persons with a very high amount of PK had an increased resistance against HIV, and contrary.
    http://biotech.idg.se/2.1763/1.20479...istance-to-hiv

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    aids research

    that's interesting.. I'm always a skeptic about new research though. i still think anyone can get it just as easy as the next person.

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    Apparantly the aids-resistant gene exists mostly in northern Europe with about 10% of Europeans having the gene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InvaderNat View Post
    Apparantly the aids-resistant gene exists mostly in northern Europe with about 10% of Europeans having the gene.
    This immunity is suppose to be an adaptation from the black plague.

    Did you know you can change your blood type by way of massive blood transmissions? A person was in the news because he went from O to A or something.

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    I have read there is a quite famous case of a prostitute in Africa who works the truck stops and comes in contact with HIV/Aids several times a day but never catches it. Apparently she is in hiding from certain American drug manufaturers.

    Food for thought.

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