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A Molecular Record of Cannibalism

  1. May 1, 2003 #1

    Monique

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    This is pretty cool, in Science an article was published which describes a human polymorphism which protects us from the disease Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and/or Kuru which are both caused by eating brains contaminated with a certain kind of protein, prions.

    A selection for this polymorphism would be achieved by a history of cannibalism in an population. This polymorphism seems to have recorded our canibalistic history.

    See:
    http://www.sciencemag.org/content/vol300/issue5619/twis.shtml#300/5619/545a for a short description
    or:
    http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/300/5619/640 for the abstract which will take you to the article if you have access.
     
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  3. May 1, 2003 #2

    iansmith

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    they have an interesting theory

    What I asking myself is how they came up that the prion may play a role in the immunity against common conventional disease.
     
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