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‘Humans often do dumb things’: ‘Unsettling similarities’ between responses to COVID-19 and the flea-driven 14th century black death

The flea-driven plague, also known as the “Great Mortality,” overran Eurasia and North Africa from 1347 to 1353, killing tens ...
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Podcast: From the Black Death to COVID-19—Investigating the ancient war between genes and disease

Kat Arney looks at the ancient war between our genes and the pathogens that infect us, from the Black Death ...
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Eerily similar? Examining fates of the rich and poor during COVID-19 and 14th century Black Death pandemics

We're seeing this happen all over again with coronavirus ...
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Even small villages were ravaged by Black Death, mass grave in the UK shows

Archaeologists recently excavated a mass burial of at least 48 men, women, and children on the grounds of a medieval ...
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Medieval Europe’s devastating Black Death was caused by just two strains of the disease

The Black Death ravaged medieval Western Europe, wiping out roughly one-third of the population. Now researchers have traced the genetic ...
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Did medieval Black Death reach as far as sub-Saharan Africa?

[S]ome researchers point to new evidence from archaeology, history, and genetics to argue that the Black Death likely did sow ...
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Plague genome offers clues about origins of Black Death pandemic

Yersinia pestis, the subject of [Barbara Bramanti’s] research, is the bacterium responsible for three bubonic plague pandemics over human history ...
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Black death plague is back; Correction it never left, thanks to evolution

Yes, the dreaded plague still haunts it. Why? Because as with any species, the bacteria that cause the disease have ...