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Genes that Aided Black Death Survival Linked to Autoimmunity
A new study points to repercussions of the Medieval pandemic for the health of modern humans.
Genes that Aided Black Death Survival Linked to Autoimmunity
Genes that Aided Black Death Survival Linked to Autoimmunity

A new study points to repercussions of the Medieval pandemic for the health of modern humans.

A new study points to repercussions of the Medieval pandemic for the health of modern humans.

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Masking Up, 1619 to Present
Devin A. Reese | Jul 5, 2022 | 3 min read
Putting on a mask to protect oneself and others against disease is nothing new, nor is resistance to mask-wearing, but mask designs have changed considerably from their first iterations.
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Black Death Likely Originated in Central Asia
Andy Carstens | Jun 15, 2022 | 5 min read
Genetic testing of people who died in Kyrgyzstan eight years before plague reached Europe reveals an ancient strain of the bacterium Yersinia pestis.
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Bubonic Plague Cases Are No Cause for Panic
Chris Baraniuk | Jul 17, 2020 | 3 min read
Reports of the infection—including one death this month—recently shook up social media. But, unlike COVID-19, plague is a disease that countries have more or less got under control.
Report: Security Lapses in Handling of Deadly Pathogens
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 31, 2017 | 1 min read
A government report finds that laboratories in the U.S. that work with select agents such as Ebola and anthrax aren’t as secure as they should be.
Plague Ravaging Madagascar
Kerry Grens | Oct 10, 2017 | 1 min read
Nearly four dozen people have died.
Subway Microbiome Study Revised
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 4, 2015 | 1 min read
Researchers tone down their highly publicized study that reported the presence of deadly pathogens on New York City subways.
NYC Rats Harbor Plague Fleas
Bob Grant | Mar 3, 2015 | 2 min read
Researchers find Oriental rat fleas, the insects that can carry plague bacteria, on New York City-dwelling rodents.
Plague Origins
Jenny Rood | Feb 24, 2015 | 2 min read
Climate fluctuations in Central Asia may have been responsible for repeated European outbreaks of bubonic plague, a study suggests.
Bones Tell Black Death Story
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 1, 2014 | 1 min read
Ancient skeletons test positive for plague-causing bacteria.
Black Death Pathogen Extinct?
Tia Ghose | Aug 29, 2011 | 3 min read
The Yersinia pestis strain extracted from the bones of Black Death victims may no longer exist.
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