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Friday, February 08, 2008

COLUMBUS WAS NOT LOUSY

It's fashionable to state that Europeans introduced a host of ills such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and smallpox to the otherwise pristinely healthy inhabitants of the New World, but it turns out that lice were here before Columbus-- LONG before Columbus, in fact:

"The two laboratories' DNA test results were identical, the researchers said. They showed that people in the 11th-century Americas already had the prevalent type A strain of lice."

Read the whole story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

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BTW: Wouldn't it be interesting (and VERY MUCH ironic) if research discovers that route of transmittal of some infectious diseases was NEW WORLD-->OLD WORLD and not vice versa?

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