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Human Fleas and Lice Spread Black Death
Ashley Yeager | Jan 16, 2018
A new study suggests that the plague, which killed millions of people, was not transmitted by rats.
Plague Ravaging Madagascar
Kerry Grens | Oct 10, 2017
Nearly four dozen people have died.
The Strange and Stranger Case of Wyndham Lathem
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 24, 2017
A Northwestern University plague researcher has been charged with a brutal murder. Here’s what we know about him.
Bronze Age Plague Sequenced
Karen Zusi | Oct 26, 2015
Plague-causing bacteria may have been around as early as 5,000 years ago, though a genomic analysis suggests that ancient strains were less contagious.
Plague Outbreak in Madagascar
Karen Zusi | Sep 8, 2015
Pneumonic plague last month claimed 10 lives in 13 days, the World Health Organization reports.
NYC Rats Harbor Plague Fleas
Bob Grant | Mar 3, 2015
Researchers find Oriental rat fleas, the insects that can carry plague bacteria, on New York City-dwelling rodents.
Bones Tell Black Death Story
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 1, 2014
Ancient skeletons test positive for plague-causing bacteria.
Green Light for Boston Biolab?
Jef Akst | Dec 7, 2011
A controversial Boston University laboratory could open by the end of the month, but at a lower safety rating than originally planned.