Saturday, October 15, 2011

Unlimited Scientific Power

Scientists reconstruct the genome of the bacterium believed responsible for the Black Death in the 14th century.

DNA experts have sequenced the entire genome of the bubonic plague in a bid to help understand the spread of infectious diseases.

It is first time scientists have been able to reconstruct an ancient pathogen and it will allow researchers to track changes in its evolution and virulence over time.

The work by an international team of researchers from Germany and Canada, published in the journal Nature, could lead to a better understanding of modern infectious diseases.

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They refuse to learn their lesson after they themselves said you better damn well learn it.

Plague Death Came Within Hours, Spurred by Scientist's Medical Condition
By Tom Randall - Feb 25, 2011 12:01 AM ET
Casadaban’s death shows that no matter how a germ has been hobbled, some people may always be vulnerable, Alexander said. While research with viruses, bacteria and vaccines that employ weakened strains should continue, scientists must take precautions and be aware of hidden vulnerabilities, he said.

“I’m sure that if Dr. Casadaban had had one comment for us as we sat around that table it was: ‘Listen guys, I’m trying to teach you something, and you better damn well learn it,’” Alexander said. “And I think we did.”

The Black Plauge, in the past nicknamed the Grim Reaper.
If I remember correctly, a wisened old philosopher of ancient fame saved some people by encircling various villages with fires, he had beleived the plague was airbone and fires would kill off the BD . it worked, so the tale goes, fact , legend, who knows.
Bombs, drones, bullets kill, but this baby, the black death is genocidal.

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