Title:Secrets Of The Dead: The Riddle Of The Plague Survivors
Date:24th February 2002
Summary:Looks at how genetic science is being used to try to ascertain why some people survived the great plague of Europe in the Middle Ages and others did not.
Description:Plague,Black Death and other virulent killers have decimated people throughout history. But in every case there have been survivors. So what is special about these people? Analysis of their exhumed bodies reveals they all have something in common: a disease resilient gene. The same gene that is conferring resistance to HIV.