Secrets of the Great Plague
Infectious diseases have long reigned supreme as the number one killer on the planet. As scientists and leaders around the world brace themselves for the next global health disaster, some experts are looking for help in the past. Investigating the Great Plague epidemic that swept through London nearly 400 years ago killing a third of the city?s population, medical detective Dr Stephen O'Brien reveals an amazing breakthrough in modern medicine. Groundbreaking DNA analysis identifies a genetic mutation that helped people survive the Plague and suggests that descendents of these 'super-survivors' may hold the secret to treatment of modern-day diseases like AIDS, SARS, Bird Flu and the Ebola Virus.