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Sensational! AIDS Cure Found in Derbyshire Village!

Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2007

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Derbyshire Village Clue to Aids Cure!

`Amazing Medical Breakthrough'

In an amazing medical breakthrough the Peak District village of Eyam has been found to hold the key to the treatment of Aids!

`Astonishing New Medical Evidence!'

Astonishing new medical evidence suggests that a rare hereditary mutant gene found in the DNA profiles of direct descendants from survivors of the plague in Eyam over 300 years ago could provide a cure for the H.I.V. AIDS Virus which to date has claimed over 18 million victims worldwide.

`Astounding Breakthrough in Medical Science'

This astounding breakthrough in medical science has been made by medical experts following the recent swab testing of one hundred village inhabitants whose ancestors survived the so-called Black Death which wiped out 259 of the 350 population in 1665-66.

Results showed that fourteen per-cent of the villagers had developed a unique defence system – a rogue mutant gene known as Delta 32 which shields them against this and other deadly viruses, - including the H.I.V. virus which causes Aids.

One of those tested was Eyam Parish Administrator Mrs. Joan Plant, who is a direct descendant of plague survivor Margaret Blackwell.

Mrs. Plant is one of the special people to have the Delta 32 gene. She said, “I don’t feel special, except in the knowledge that I am priveleged to have been part of a family that sacrificed so much. When the Plague struck Eyam it was a close community and it has remained so”. Of the testing she said, “We had to prove we were genuine descendants and a medical team took mouth swabs from all the families of survivors”. She added, “The results were so exciting that further tests were done and a television crew filmed in many local homes”.

The medical team was headed by American scientist Dr. Stephen O’Brien, a molecular biologist with the National Institute of Health in Washington. His experiments and the remarkable results are documented in Saga Magazine by Nigel Blundell and the story will be screened as part of Channel Four’s new ‘Secrets of the Dead’ series.

It will feature the case of San Francisco homosexual Steve Crohn who has seen 70 to 80 of his friends die from Aids. All his partners died of the disease and yet he seemed to be immune. In a laboratory experiment O’Brien subjected Crohn to 3,000 times the normal dose of the H.I.V. virus which causes Aids. He did not become infected! O’Brien’s team analyzed Crohn’s DNA profile and discovered that his ancestors came from Northern Europe, possibly England, and found one anomaly – the mutant gene Delta 32. But where did it originate from?

Historical research by O’Brien’s team of medical detectives unearths the startling facts of the case. The story begins in India seven hundred years ago when a flotilla of ships from Asia Minor carrying plague-ridden sailors put into the port of Messina in Sicily. They were turned away but rats carrying bubonic plague germs escaped ashore and the `Black Death’ – so-called because of the angry black boils that appeared on the throat, armpits and groin of the victims - had arrived in Europe. Within the space of 18 months the plague had spread north through Europe and by 1350 had reached England. Along the way it had claimed over 25 million victims.

What was not known, and indeed could not be known at the time, was that it also left a legacy. Those who survived had developed an immunity to the disease and this was passed down genetically from generation to generation.

That immunity was caused by the mutant gene – Delta 32!

Delta 32 prevents bacteria invading the cells of the body’s immune system and destroying it. This gives carriers of Delta 32 a greater ability to fight off not only bubonic plague – but H.I.V. Aids and other deadly diseases which kill by destroying the immune system. If a person inherits one copy of the mutant gene from one parent, he or she will be extra resistant, whereas if that person inherits from both parents, total immunity is achieved!

The Plague, which is first recorded in the bible, re-appeared in first century Rome and seems to have a 300-year cycle. A strain devastated Germany around 750 AD and appeared throughout Europe again in 1021. It struck again in India in 1332, devastated Europe in 1347 and wiped out thousands in England in 1361.

Three hundred years later the incureable disease returned and the `Great Plague’ of 1665-66 wiped out 100,000 people in London alone, almost one third of the population.

It arrived in Eyam late in September of 1665 in a parcel of cloth sent from London to tailor George Viccars and he became Eyam’s first plague victim three days later. By the end of that month five other people had died and the Rector William Mompesson, ably assisted by his predecessor, Duckmanton born Rev.Thomas Stanley made the famous sacrificial decision to put the whole village in voluntary quarantine in an effort to stop the disease spreading to other nearby villages, and in so doing effectively signed the death warrant for himself and his parishioners. O’Briens research suggests that the fact that 80 of them remarkably survived, including Mompesson and others who had been subjected to the plague virus every day for over a year is because they had immunity from the inherited rogue gene, Delta 32.

“It was like a detective story” said O’Brien. “I had been sniffing at this trail like a bloodhound and could almost smell the results”.

Research showed that the Delta 32 gene only occurred along the trail taken by the first `Great Plague’ in the fourteenth century. There was no trace of Delta 32 anywhere except in places where the plague had struck. This led O’Brien to conclude that there was a possible immunity caused by genetic inheritance – all he had to do was find living proof – and the descendants of the survivors in Eyam provided that opportunity.

Flushed with his teams remarkable success Stephen O’Brien said, “Now I have proof that this extraordinary genetic make-up has been passed down through the generations because of a mutation which occurred centuries ago”.

The story of Eyam’s heroic stance is well documented – but until O’Brien and his team successfully concluded their experiments and made their remarkable discovery in the Derbyshire village, it wasn’t realised just what dividends the village’s heroism would pay for future generations!

 

Copyright. Tom Bates 2002

 
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