Fw: "Smoking" Memes

From: Kenneth Van Oost (Kenneth.Van.Oost@village.uunet.be)
Date: Wed Oct 31 2001 - 09:31:07 GMT

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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Kenneth Van Oost <Kenneth.Van.Oost@village.uunet.be>
    To: <memetics@mmu.ac.uk>
    Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 8:40 PM
    Subject: Re: "Smoking" Memes

    > Hi Salice,
    > Here is the data,
    > > > I know, that some investigations were done in the area of the plague
    > > > aids. There too, science found, specific genes blocking the
    > > > of the pest and aids. I have to check my archives for more detail, if
    > you
    > > > want.
    > << The investigator who did this is Stephen O' Brien.
    > In 1347 the plague sweeped across Europe. Death rate, 100%.
    > It disapeared and came than back again.
    > A new strategy was launched in those days, quarantine. In fact that
    > was a death sentence, because noone expected you to be alive after
    > 40 days living with infected people.
    > But some did.
    > The village in which O' Brien did his investigations was Eyam in Derby-
    > shire ( England).
    > This village was hit very hard by the plague around 1630.
    > Going through the records he and his than formed team found out that
    > 433 people survived the plague.
    > Those 433 were the half of the population, in those days more than
    > a miracle.
    > The first remark made by the team was, was it the plague !?
    > After all, the plague has a lot of similarities with Anthrax ( what means
    > Black). ( Maybe we should take this in consideration regarding what
    > is happening in the US right now.)
    > But if it should be anthrax, the cattle must have died, because the death-
    > rate for cattle hit by antrax is 100%.
    > ( Do we know that cattle died in the US !? It seems odd to me that
    > people died of anthrax, where in most cases animals would face death.
    > Is the US- government lieing !? I hope not !?)
    > Inqueries showed that was not the case, it was indeed the plague which
    > hit Eyam. Than they searched into the possibity that the difference in
    > living circumstances would give reasons why people survived and others
    > did not. This was negative too.
    > O' Brien asked himself the question if those who survived had not a
    > kind of biological characteristic by which they were protected. The
    > gene which draw O' Briens attention was a mutated gene Delta 32.
    > After further more investigations he found that still 14% of the de-
    > cendents of those who survived were carriers of that gene.
    > Futhermore, throughout the world ( Africa, South- America and
    > Asia, that gene was non- existent, of course due to the fact that the
    > plague never hit there).
    > The team found out that throughout Europe 14% of all people were
    > still carriers of that specific gene. What O' Brien did conclude:_
    > that when the plague hit, at the same time a genetic mutation
    > occured helping out people to survive.
    > He called this that the mutation hit Europe like a splinterbomb !
    > It seems that Delta 32 is a mysterious mechanism by which bacils
    > cannot penetrate the human body.
    > It means that if you have 2 copies of the gene, you won 't get ill at all.
    > 1 copy, that you will get ill but won 't die.
    > If you have no copy, you will die.
    > O ' Brien, than turned to aids.
    > He and his than more than expended team found out that the same
    > gene works in the same way in aids too.
    > The clue is now to imitate the working of Delta 32 in some kind of
    > therapy.
    > Pesonal view,
    > IMO, we can pre- suppose that a kind of similar mechanism works
    > upon our immune system, but on a neurological level.
    > This idea, was is mine by the way, I already submitted to some, not
    > list- mem(e)bers, scientists. They, one in particular was interested,
    > but for a more efficient evolution I must work this idea further out.
    > What I am still doing, by the way.
    > So for a full draft, you have to wait, but it would be interesting to
    > discuss this. Not the idea in its whole, just the possibility that such a
    > mechanism would exist or not.
    > Excuse me, but I ain 't gonna give that away, thought !
    > I hope I helped you out with this dribblin ' bit....
    > Regards,
    > Kenneth

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