The GLP is committed to full transparency. Download and review our Annual Report.

Scientists identify gene that protects against leprosy

| | June 17, 2013

The following is an edited excerpt.

By the turn of the 16th century, after the crusades had swept across Europe, leprosy mysteriously disappeared. And it never returned

This left scientists puzzled. Did the bacteria mutate to become less harmful, or did Europeans become resistant to the germs?

To answer this question, a team of biologists and archaeologists probed the mass grave of a 600-year-old leper colony for traces of ancient leprosy DNA. They found leprosy didn’t change, we did.

Read the full story here: Scientists Go Medieval To Solve Ancient Leprosy Puzzle

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Click the link above to read the full, original article.
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.

Send this to a friend