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Did Human Survivorship Improve Following The Black Death Epidemic?
2014-05-08 08:46:45

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Killing tens of millions of Europeans during the mid-1300s, the medieval Black Death plague was one of the worst disease outbreaks humans have ever faced. But as devastating as the disease was, it may have helped human survival over the course of many generations, according to new research from Sharon DeWitte, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Biology at the University of South Carolina. Previous studies have shown that...

London Crossrail Project Unearths History Of Black Death
2014-03-31 08:45:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A forensic analysis of teeth taken from 660-year-old skeletons recently dug up during London’s Crossrail project excavations reveal that the corpses were the victims from the great Black Death pandemic of the 14th century. The skeletal teeth contain DNA from the plague bacterium Yersinia pestis and were dated to 1348-50. According to historical records, thousands of Londoners perished during these years and were dumped in a mass...

Pathogen Responsible For Two Historical Plagues Could Reemerge
2014-01-28 10:26:57

[ Watch the Video: Pathogen Behind Ancient Plagues Could Come Back Someday ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Both the Plague of Justinian in 541 and Black Death some 800 years later were responsible for widespread fatalities across Europe. Now, new research in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal has found that both pandemics were caused by different strains of the same pathogen. The international team of study authors also concluded that a new strain of plague...

Uncontrolled Deforestation Linked To Deadly Madagascar Plague
2013-12-16 08:37:38

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When most people hear of the bubonic plague they tend to think of the Black Death pandemic that swept through the western world in the Middle Ages, wiping out nearly a quarter of the world’s population. Black Death plague was the single biggest killer of people across the world from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries, and surprisingly today, the bubonic plague is still a big problem in many parts of the world....

Plague-Infected Squirrel Leads To LA Campground Scare
2013-07-26 13:47:20

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Several popular areas in the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles, California were shut down Wednesday when a squirrel there tested positive for the plague. Los Angeles County health officials and the US Forest Service shut down the Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow and Pima Loops areas around the Table Mountain campground, which is located northwest of LA. While performing "routine surveillance activities" on July 16, National...

Sugar-based Detection Method Enables Easy And Accurate Identification Of The Yersinia Pestis Bacterium
2013-07-24 15:00:29

Max Planck Institute Diagnosing the presence of Yersinia pestis, the cause of plague, may soon be easier than ever before. Scientists working with Peter Seeberger, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPIKG) in Potsdam and Professor at the Freie Universitat Berlin, have come up with a simple, inexpensive and reliable method of detecting the bacterium. The research team, specializing in glycochemistry glycobiology, first identified and synthesized an...

UK Railway Project Unearths Possible Black Death Plague Graves
2013-03-17 08:54:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online More than a dozen bodies believed to be those of plague victims have been unearthed by excavation workers working on the construction of a new railroad in the UK, various media outlets reported late last week. According to Joe Shute of The Telegraph, engineers working on the $22 billion Crossrail project uncovered a total of 14 bodies in a previously undiscovered Black Death plague pit located at Charterhouse Square in...

Black Death Genome Could Reveal Secrets of Ancient And Modern Pathogens
2011-10-13 04:32:16

Scientists have successfully mapped the complete genome of the Black Death - the bubonic plague that wiped out 50 million Europeans between 1347 and 1351 and remains one of the most severe epidemics of all time - various news agencies reported on Wednesday. According to Kate Kelland of Reuters, an international team of researchers extracted and purified DNA from the remains from victims buried in the so-called plague pits of London. "Building on previous research which showed that a...

14th Century Plague Lives On Via New Strain
2011-08-30 10:17:00

  According to a study published Tuesday, a less virulent version of the 14th century's Black Death plague is still present today. DNA testing on the skeletons of plague victims unearthed in a medieval London mass grave revealed part of the same gene sequence as the modern bubonic plague. "At least this part of the genetic information has barely changed in the past 600 years" said Johannes Krause, one of the authors of the study published in the Proceedings of the National...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
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