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Plagued for millennia: The complex transmission and ecology of prehistoric Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pestis is the bacterium that causes plague, a zoonotic disease transmitted from rodents to humans via fleas. It is also renowned for being involved in three pandemics throughout human history. In recent years it has become evident that Y. pestis’ association with humans predates... click to read more

  • Aida Andrades Valtueña | Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Gunnar U. Neumann | PhD Student at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Alexander Herbig | Research Group Leader at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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Reading time 3 min
published on Jul 31, 2023
A bacterium with the power of changing the course of Human history

Our work started when we discovered that Neolithic farmers from Sweden from 4,900 years ago were infected with Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes plague, one of the most devastating infectious diseases of all times. This finding could potentially explain, why there was an unexpectedly... click to read more

  • Nicolás Rascovan | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MIVEGEC Institute, Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 15, 2019