Tuesday, 28 January 2014
1,500-year-old plague victims shed light on disease origins
Study finds catastrophic diseases aren't things that evolve once – 'they actually evolve multiple times from different ancestors'
Scientists have sequenced the genome of the pathogen that caused one of the most devastating plagues in human history, shedding light on where the disease came from and how it spread.
The Plague of Justinian occurred in the sixth century AD and resulted in more than 100 million deaths by some estimates. Named after the Byzantine emperor Justinian I, the outbreak was one of the first recorded plague pandemics.
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