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  • By Donald G. McNeil Jr.
    In the tortuous mythology of the AIDS epidemic, one legend never seems to die: Patient Zero, a.k.a. Gaétan Dugas, a globe-trotting, sexually insatiable French Canadian flight attendant […]

    • Link broken?

    • Fixed now, Laurie – thanks for alerting us to it.

      The mods

    • What a nice (if this word is even allowed in this context) example for two things:
      1) Be very, very careful when you play the ‘blame game’. And therefore, think twice before you support the death sentence.
      2) Science has built-in correction methods, when done right. That is one of its most important strenghts, but it may take a lot of patience (as in this case). Hoorah to researchers who were willing to question what was considered a truth by many in their field!

    • Maybe sapiens were gene/meme programmed to build pyramids when certain conditions occur

      That’s a nice way to express it. At first I thought, no, that’s wrong, a pyramid is an obviously easy design to get something tall that won’t fall over, but then, on second thoughts, it’s only obvious to me, one of the species that would be carrying that hypothetical gene/meme program. Ants don’t seem to see it that way at all. Or trees, for that matter. Or corals.