June 14, 2013

Another Legacy of the Crusades: Leprosy

Melissa Hogenboom, BBC News

AP Photo

The genetic code of leprosy-causing bacteria from 1,000-year-old skeletons has been laid bare.

Similarities between these old strains of the bug and those prevalent today have given scientists unique insights into the spread of the disease.

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TAGGED: Skeletons, Crusades, Leprosy