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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, PhD | 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.
Ancient Secrets of the Plague
The Scientist Speaks - Ancient Secrets of the Plague
Niki Spahich, PhD | Nov 10, 2021 | 1 min read
Simon Rasmussen discusses his research tracking the origins of the plague by analyzing ancient DNA.
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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.
Human Fleas and Lice Spread Black Death
Ashley Yeager | Jan 16, 2018 | 2 min read
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 | 1 min read
Nearly four dozen people have died.
The Strange and Stranger Case of Wyndham Lathem
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 24, 2017 | 5 min read
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 | 1 min read
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 | 1 min read
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 | 2 min read
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 | 1 min read
Ancient skeletons test positive for plague-causing bacteria.
Green Light for Boston Biolab?
Jef Akst | Dec 7, 2011 | 1 min read
A controversial Boston University laboratory could open by the end of the month, but at a lower safety rating than originally planned.
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