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Black Death Genetic Code "Built"
BBC ^ | 10/12/2011 | Matt McGrath

Posted on 10/13/2011 3:44:55 AM PDT by Just4Him

The genetic code of the germ that caused the Black Death has been reconstructed by scientists for the first time.

The researchers extracted DNA fragments of the ancient bacterium from the teeth of medieval corpses found in London.

They say the pathogen is the ancestor of all modern plagues.

The research, published in the journal Nature, suggests the 14th Century outbreak was also the first plague pandemic in history.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: 536ad; blackdeath; blackplague; bubonicplague; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; yersiniapestis

1 posted on 10/13/2011 3:44:58 AM PDT by Just4Him
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To: Just4Him

Obama was alive even then???????????


2 posted on 10/13/2011 3:49:45 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Doc Savage

*chuckles* Well, some folks think he is the Pharaoh Akhenaten reincarnated. Ya never know. :D


3 posted on 10/13/2011 3:51:32 AM PDT by Just4Him
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To: Just4Him
The researchers extracted DNA fragments of the ancient bacterium from the teeth of medieval corpses found in London.

Shades of Jurassic Park.

4 posted on 10/13/2011 3:53:57 AM PDT by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Just4Him
The Justinian Plague that broke out in the 6th Century was estimated to have killed 100 million people.

No time to check sources this morning, but that seems likely an awfully high figure. I know the Justinian Plague was devastating, but might this figure be for repeated occurances over several centuries?

5 posted on 10/13/2011 3:59:57 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: Just4Him
bubonic plague....a Bacterial infection.

penicillin, Cipro, most any antibiotic can kill it....

6 posted on 10/13/2011 4:05:00 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Just4Him
Sooo .. what is it you'd like to do here at murky, murky and murky reaearch, Dr. doom?

Well, I've always dreamed I'd be able to reproduce the Black Death, if only given the chance, sir.

Welcome aboard, my boy ... you'll have a lab, as many lovely assistants you need and all the money necesarry.

Thank you, sir ... I'll make you proud .. I promise

7 posted on 10/13/2011 4:09:59 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: sphinx

Here’s one reference that cites the “100 million” figure:

http://www.ph.ucla.edu/epi/bioter/anempiresepidemic.html


8 posted on 10/13/2011 4:17:09 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Vaquero

> bubonic plague....a Bacterial infection.
> penicillin, Cipro, most any antibiotic can kill it....

The antibiotic of choice for bubonic plague (yersinia pestis) is streptomycin. I know this because that’s what I was given in late 1970 when I had plague.


9 posted on 10/13/2011 4:20:33 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Defeat Obama. End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: upchuck
Shades of Jurassic Park.
At least it would be easier to keep the Velociraptors off the airlines. Even the TSA could handle that. I just hope that some of the people who introduced it to us in the first place don't decide to try it again
10 posted on 10/13/2011 4:22:41 AM PDT by jmcenanly
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To: Just4Him
MSNBC's Al Sharpton: "Until I hear about scientists modifying the DNA to create an equal and equivalent White Death, this is nothing but racism in the laboratory!"
11 posted on 10/13/2011 4:49:46 AM PDT by mkjessup (Herman Cain is a God fearin', Jesus-lovin', Constitution-revering PATRIOT. What's not to like?)
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To: jmcenanly

If this pathogen is the grandparent of all modern plagues, then it seems like we’d have some built in immunities to it. I’m not a doctor or scientist though ...


12 posted on 10/13/2011 4:59:20 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: BuffaloJack; Vaquero
Treatment of the plague must be rapid and aggressive. Y. pestis is generally susceptible to streptomycin and chloramphenicol but concomitant therapy is sometimes recommended. Treatment of Y. enterocolitica infections usually involves the use of ampicillin or tetracycline.

Southern Illinois University

13 posted on 10/13/2011 5:02:30 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Just4Him
13 Monkeys anyone?
14 posted on 10/13/2011 7:25:14 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

If you are of European stock, you might have some innate resistance to the disease, but unless you were in the military or live in the desert southwest, your immune system is likely naive to the disease.


15 posted on 10/13/2011 7:58:02 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Note: this topic is dated 10/13/2013.

Blast from the Past.

Thanks Just4Him.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


16 posted on 06/19/2013 8:29:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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