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Comment: Re:Was the Plague really Plague? (Score 2, Informative) 477

by Traser (#13906401) Attached to: Gene Found In Black Death Survivors Stops HIV
From observational evidence, it isn't that people with the deletion are actually immune to HIV, it is that they are less likely to be infected at a given viral load. If a person has the deletion in both copies of the gene coding for CCR5, they still may be able to be infected with HIV - but the rate of spread is significantly decreased. It takes a critical level of the virus, and a critical proportion of infected cells, meaning that it takes time (often several years) for the syndrome to manifest.

It is rather helpful to find anything at all more about HIV - it is a confusing virus, and one that is certainly evolving along with our drug treatments for it. Research is stymied, sometimes, by the unwillingness of governements and funding bodies to confront the epidemic, based on, essentially, fear of talking about sex. More reasonably, it is also difficult to perform experiments with the virus, based on ethical and moral considerations with respect to possible test subjects....

(The moral of the story is, if you want a SARS flu vaccine, you get the Chinese government to make it....it have no qualms about injecting prisoners with `maybes.' In a Western country, one would never stand for such a violation of ones rights, and yet the West has no problem with using the results of such experiments. It is worthwile examining ones own moral view on these sorts of tests. )

You're right, there most certainly are those in the medical-historical community who argue that the precise disease may not have been yersinia pestis. The point is, there is no way to run a test on the DNA of a bacterium(or virus, if that's what it was) that was around 400 years ago. There have been inconclusive attempts to get samples from skeletal remains.

Note, from my previous post, I discussed influenza. Influenza mutates so rapidly, that even if an ancestor selected for CCR5-Delta32, modern influenza may do nothing of the sort.

Another intriguing genetic tidbit. It is widely believed that the black death selected for incidences of Downs' syndrome (which is an extra copy of chormosome 21) - witness relative population rates of Downs' syndrome vis a vis caucasian/European populations and other communities - there are significantly more individuals with the condition in caucasion/European populations.

Comment: Re:No source code - OPENWRT (Score 1) 329

by Natalie's Hot Grits (#8220730) Attached to: Creating A Super-Router (For Free)
There is nothing stopping you legally from working and distributing this project. The only licensing problems I can see is that linksys might try to sue you for distributing their binary-only driver. I have not read the license terms of that drivers, so I do not know if they allow re-distribution of it or not.

Worst case scenerio (for sourceforge), ship the sources without the binary driver. If you decide to not go with sourceforge, there is NOTHING IN THE GPL which REQUIRES you to distribute sources to linux kernel drivers that you distribute with your distribution. There are MANY linux distributions out there that distribute linux binary drivers without source. For instance, any distro which ships nvidia drivers (which is practically ALL of them). This is not a violation of the GPL, as it is legal for you to ship packages with seperate binary files provided they are not derrived from the GPL works. (which they are not.)

Anybody telling you otherwise has no idea what they are talking about. This has NOTHING to do with the GPL or copyright law, and EVERYTHING to do with GPL zealots who want free wireless drivers. I say to those people: if you want it, write it yourself or petition the copyright owner to release his sources.

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