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The Genealogy of a GenePatents, HIV/AIDS, and Race$
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Myles W. Jackson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028660

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028660.001.0001

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The Story of the CCR5 Gene

The Story of the CCR5 Gene

(p.1) 1 The Story of the CCR5 Gene
The Genealogy of a Gene

Myles W. Jackson

The MIT Press

The introductory chapter proffers an overview of the history of the CCR5 gene. It discusses the rush to patent a sequence, whose precise function was unknown at the time of the patent. It also explores how the function of the gene was elucidated by various laboratories worldwide. Finally, this chapter outlines how an important mutation, Δ32‎, confers near immunity to AIDS and what the distribution of that allele is around the globe. The distribution of this allele worldwide added to the debate about race and the genome.

Keywords:   gene patents, HIV/AIDS, race and genomics, CCR5, Δ‎32

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