black death

Ancient Black Plague Found In Swedish Gravesite

Ancient Black Plague Found In Swedish Gravesite

Long before the two deadliest pandemics in history — the Plague of Justinian and the Black Plague — an ancient strain of the bacterium responsible for these scourges, Yersinia pestis, may have already wreaked havoc among Neolithic European communities over 5000 years ago, according to a controversial new study.

A Few Mutant Genes Can Turn A Stomach Bug Into The Black Death

A Few Mutant Genes Can Turn A Stomach Bug Into The Black Death

Scientists have long known that one little microbe is responsible for the infamous Black Death plague that decimated Western Europe in the Middle Ages, wiping out roughly one-third of the population. Now they have learned more about where it comes from: it takes just a few small genetic changes to…