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Old 03-03-2013, 11:11 PM   #23
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"Researchers tell CNN only 1% of Caucasians -- mostly Northern Europeans -- and no African-Americans or Asians have this particular mutation."

I wonder if you can get tested, to see if you have the mutation. I'd donate my bone marrow if it could help somebody beat AIDS.
Yes, you can, but it would almost never happen. You'd need someone with leukemia or another advanced cancer who would need a BMT. As is, the risk/reward would make a BMT for the purposes of giving them the mutation a poor choice, especially given advancements in antiretrovirals.

With a BMT you run the risk of dying from all sorts of complications, including graft-versus-host.

Fun fact: the mutation exists because those with it were much less likely to succumb to the Black Death. Evolution at work.
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