Genetic traits of Black Death survivors linked to autoimmune diseases today
Scientists find people with ERAP2 variant survived 14th-century plague at much higher ratesScientists have identified genetic traits that determined who survived the Black Death more than 700 years ago, but which are today associated with an increased susceptibility to some autoimmune diseases.The study of centuries-old DNA from victims and survivors of the bubonic plague that occurred in the 14th century found that people with what the scientists describe as a “good” variant of a particular gene, known as ERAP2, survived at much higher rates.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 19, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Ben Quinn Tags: Health Genetics Society Science Biology Source Type: news

How the ‘Black Death’ Left Its Genetic Mark on Future Generations
Scientists have discovered several genetic variants that protect Europeans from the bubonic plague — but also increase the risk of immune disorders. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carl Zimmer Tags: Genetics and Heredity Plague Research Bubonic Plague Deaths (Fatalities) Immune System your-feed-science Evolution (Biology) Source Type: news

International Team of Scientists Use Genetic Testing to Solve Centuries-Old Mystery of Black Death ’s Origin
DNA analysis of early plague victims pinpoints Black Death’s start on Silk Road trading communities in mountain region of what is now modern-day Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia Microbiologists and clinical laboratory scientists will likely find it fascinating that an international team of scientists may have solved one of history’s greatest mysteries—the origin of the bubonic […] The post International Team of Scientists Use Genetic Testing to Solve Centuries-Old Mystery of Black Death’s Origin appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Bubonic Plague Case; Woman Carries Dead Fetus for Weeks; COVID Racing Upward
(MedPage Today) -- Note that some links may require registration or subscription. The Ningxia Hui region of China reported one human infection of bubonic plague. (Reuters) A Texas woman said she was forced to carry a dead fetus for 2 weeks when... (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 21, 2022 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Black death mystery SOLVED: Bubonic plague outbreak began in Kyrgyzstan in 1338
A team of researchers analysed ancient DNA (aDNA) taken from the teeth of skeletons discovered in cemeteries near Lake Issyk Kul in the Tian Shan region of Kyrgyzstan. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Black Death: A Clue to Where the Plague Originated
By fishing shards of bacterial DNA from the teeth of bodies in a cemetery, researchers found the starting point for the plague that devastated Eurasia, they say. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 15, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gina Kolata Tags: Bubonic Plague Epidemics Kyrgyzstan Cemeteries History (Academic Subject) Teeth and Dentistry Archaeology and Anthropology Nature (Journal) Research Source Type: news

Mystery of Black Death ’s origins solved, say researchers
International team link spike in deaths at cemeteries in Kyrgyzstan in 1300s to start of plague pandemicResearchers believe they have solved the nearly 700-year-old mystery of the origins of the Black Death, the deadliest pandemicin recorded history, which swept through Europe, Asia and north Africa in the mid-14th century.At least tens of millions of people died when bubonic plague tore across the continents, probably by spreading along trade routes. Despite intense efforts to uncover the source of the outbreak, the lack of firm evidence has left the question open.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 15, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Bubonic plague Science Epidemics Society World news Research Source Type: news

800-year-old graves pinpoint where the Black Death began
The Syriac engraving on the medieval tombstone was tantalizing: “This is the tomb of the believer Sanmaq. [He] died of pestilence.” Sanmaq, who was buried in 1338 near Lake Issyk Kul in what is now northern Kyrgyzstan, was one of many victims of the unnamed plague. By scrutinizing field notes and more photos from the Russian team that had excavated the graves in the 1880s, historian Philip Slavin found that at least 118 people from Sanmaq’s Central Asian trading community died in the epidemic. Slavin was on the trail of the origin of the Black Death, which devastated Europe a decade after the Kyrgyzstan burials...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 15, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Monkeypox isn ’t the disease we should be worried about | John Vidal
Climate change is likely to exacerbate the rapid spread of viruses and pathogens as humans encroach on the natural worldIn the past three weeks there have been nearly 100 cases and 18 human deaths from arare tick-borne disease in Iraq; afourth case of the Ebola virus and more than 100 cases of bubonic plague have been found in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and just two years after Africa was declared free of wild polio, new cases have turned up inMalawi and Mozambique. A dangerous strain of typhus is circulating in Nepal, India and China. There are alarming outbreaks on several continents of mosquito diseases such as m...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 25, 2022 Category: Science Authors: John Vidal Tags: Monkeypox Infectious diseases Microbiology Science World news Farming Animals Environment Source Type: news

Did the ‘Black Death’ Really Kill Half of Europe? New Research Says No.
Looking at ancient deposits of pollen as markers of agricultural activity, researchers found that the Black Death caused a patchwork of destruction in Europe. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carl Zimmer Tags: Plague Deaths (Fatalities) History (Academic Subject) Bubonic Plague Europe Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Bubonic Plague Putting Young Lives At Risk in DR Congo - UNICEF
[UN News] A resurgence of Bubonic plague in Ituri province in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is putting young lives at risk, the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, warned on Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 25, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Bubonic plague putting young lives at risk in DR Congo: UNICEF
A resurgence of Bubonic plague in Ituri province in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is putting young lives at risk, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, warned on Tuesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers in Germany Sequence Genome of Bubonic Plague Bacteria Taken from Remains of Man who Lived More than 5,000 Years Ago
Advancements in genetic sequencing continue to enable microbiologists and genetic scientists to explore the origins and mutations of deadly diseases Microbiologists and researchers can now study the gene sequence of 5,000-year-old bubonic plague bacteria. The scientific team that achieved this feat of gene sequencing believes this is the oldest case of the ancient strain of […] The post Researchers in Germany Sequence Genome of Bubonic Plague Bacteria Taken from Remains of Man who Lived More than 5,000 Years Ago appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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' Black Plague' Was Killing People at Least 5,000 Years Ago
WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 -- The Black Death was stalking people thousands of years earlier than previously known, new evidence reveals. The oldest strain of Yersinia pestis -- the bacteria behind the bubonic plague that may have killed as much as... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 30, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Centuries Ago, Gene Changes May Have Stopped Bubonic Plague
TUESDAY, May 11, 2021 - - After examining DNA from remains in an ancient mass grave in Germany, scientists think that genetic immunity from bubonic plague may have developed in the wake of the disease. " We found that innate immune markers increased... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 11, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news