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Scientists Reconstructed the Genome of Black Death

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The scientists have reconstructed the genome of the plague by using DNA recovered from the teeth of plague victims to understand its origin.

Image via nationalgeographic.com
Image via nationalgeographic.com

The Black Death, the mid-14 century plague is considered to be one of the most devastating pandemics in the history of mankind. In just 5 years, the disease managed to take over all of Europe and it killed approximately 50 percent of total population. And it still seems lurking around somewhere. The recent research was successful in find what caused the disease but it failed to determine its origin. Scientists used teeth from plague pits and were able to access tiny fragments of DNA that had been preserved for hundreds of years.

Image via sciencemag.org
Image via sciencemag.org

According to scientists the historical pathogens that brought deadly plague survived for more than four centuries in Europe, hiding in somewhere.