Did Yersinia pestis cause the Black Death?

  • 0 Replies

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.


Offline thedoc

  • Forum Admin
  • Administrator
  • Sr. Member
  • *****
  • 513
    • View Profile
Did Yersinia pestis cause the Black Death?
« on: 31/08/2011 21:53:18 »
The Black Death, which killed a third of Europe's population in the middle ages, was caused by a now-extinct strain of the Yersinia pestis bacterium, a new study has shown. Using DNA from 100 skeletal samples excavated from a 14th Century plague pit in London's Smithfield, an international team of researchers led by McMaster University scientist Hendrik Poinar have succeeded in reconstructing a significant part of the genetic blueprint of the bug.

Read the whole story on our website by clicking here

« Last Edit: 31/08/2011 21:53:18 by _system »