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New Strain Of Black Death Possible and Without Warning

New Strain Of Black Death Possible and Without Warning
A new strain of the Black Death – which killed half the people in the world in the 14th Century – could emerge without...
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Plague alters cell death to kill host

Source: EurekaAlert

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Research at Northwestern Medicine has uncovered how the bacteria that cause pneumonic plague can subvert apoptotic cell death by directly destroying Fas ligand. The effect is a disrupted immune response during infection, which a ...
Full article at: EurekaAlert 2 days ago, 11:00pm CDT
 

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Avoiding Black Plague Today

Source: The Atlantic

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Even in areas of the world that still experience outbreaks, mortality rates from plague are estimated to be eight to 10 percent. The disease that caused the most lethal epidemics recorded in history and killed 60 percent of the people in medieval London and Florence is no longer on the most feared-killers list. "O happy posterity, who will not experience such abysmal woe and will look upon our testimony as a fable," wrote Renaissance poet Petrarch, who lost his beloved and muse, L ...
Full article at: The Atlantic 4 days ago, 1:00pm CDT
 

New evidence exonerates rats as bearers of the 14th-century Black Death

Source: The New Advent

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After more than 660 years, rats may finally be off the hook for causing the Black Death pandemic, which claimed up to 100 million lives in just a few years during the 14th century. The long-running assumption was that rats, infected with the bacterium Yersinia pestis, spread the infection to humans via fleas. However, DNA evidence from 25 skeletons of Black Death victims, uncovered last year during construction of ...
Full article at: The New Advent Apr 3 2014, 4:38am CDT
 

New Evidence Exonerates Rats as Bearers of Black Death

Source: Discover Magazine

New Hillsborough Disaster Inquests To Open
After more than 660 years, rats may finally be off the hook for causing the Black Death pandemic, which claimed up to 100 million lives in just a few years during the 14th century. The long-running assumption was that rats, infected with the bacterium Yersinia pestis, spread the infection to humans via fleas. However, DNA evidence from 25 skeletons of Black Death victims, uncovered last year during construction of a major rail line in northern London, indicates the plague spr ...
Full article at: Discover Magazine Mar 31 2014, 3:08pm CDT
 

600-year-old skeletons reveal mysteries of the Black Death

Source: Minnpost.com

Last year, 25 skeletons were unearthed in the Farringdon area of London during construction of a new rail line. They had been found buried in neat but coffin-less rows at three different depths.On Sunday, archeologists told the British press what was suspected from the start: The skeletons are those of victims of several Black Death pandemics that swept across Britain and the rest of Europe during the 14th and 15th centuri ...
Full article at: Minnpost.com Mar 31 2014, 9:58am CDT
 

Crossrail Dig Sheds Light On Black Death Mystery: Plague Was Not Spread By Rats But Was Airborne, Experts Say

Source: The Huffington Post: UK Edition

The Black Death cost the lives of more than 1.5million Britons and up to 25million of our European ancestors – but new findings may be about to rewrite the story of how it was spread. Until now it has been believed the culprit for the deadly disease was Bubonic Plague – a virus spread by the fleas of infected rats. But new evidence suggests the infection was in fact airborne – Pneumonic Plague – whi ...
Full article at: The Huffington Post: UK Edition Mar 31 2014, 4:09am CDT
 

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London Skeletons Yield Secrets Of The Black Death

Source: The Huffington Post

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LONDON (AP) — You can learn a lot from a tooth. Molars taken from skeletons unearthed by work on a new London railway line are revealing secrets of the medieval Black Death — and of its victims. This week, Don Walker, an osteologist with the Museum of London, outlined the biography of one man whose ancient bones were found by construction workers under London's Charterhouse Square: He was breast-fed as a baby, moved to London from another part of England, had bad t ...
Full article at: The Huffington Post Mar 30 2014, 10:09am CDT
 

Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

Source: Slashdot

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists studying the human remains of plague victims found during excavations for London's new Crossrail train line have concluded that humans spread the Black Death rather than rats, a fact that could rewrite history books. University of Keele scientists, working together with Crossrail's lead archaeologist Jay Carver and osteologists from the Museum of London, analyzed the bones and teeth of 25 skeletons dug up by Crossrail. They found DNA ...
Full article at: Slashdot Mar 30 2014, 8:25am CDT
 



 

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