The trials of antiquated hotels
No wireless, and only one ethernet connection per room. It's a three bedroom suite, housing myself, Prof. Joe Olson, and Clayton and Mrs. Cramer. Clayton and I brought computers. So we have to alternate on blogging, and the three of us have to alternate reading email. I took them all (plus Bob Cottrol and my son Mark) to dinner at the finest Chinese restaurant in which I have ever eaten, The Peking Gourmet Inn. I normally eat to refuel, not to enjoy, but when in DC make an exception for that establishment.
Last night we had a series of discussions here in the room about everything under the sun. Heller, DNA identifications, general constitutional law. The most interesting, I thought, was Clayton's note that there is a genetic mutation which (by elimination a cellular port where the microrganism latches on) renders a person resistant to bubonic plague. I had heard that they did DNA work on skeletons from the period of the plague, and found that the people who lived to a long age then had this mutation. Clayton pointed out that, with the plague killing a third of Europe's population, the survivors were disproportionately of this mutation. Here's the really interesting point: the AIDS virus uses the same cellular port to attack. The result is that people with this mutation are immune to AIDS. That discovery was prompted by a fellow who contracted it 20+ years ago yet has never shown symptoms.They did his DNA work to find out whether there was something unusual about his genetics, and that finding was the outcome.