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Leprosy Has Remained The Same Over A Millennium

Researchers have just compared reconstructed genomes of the medieval strains of Mycobacterium leprae DNA - the pathogen responsible for leprosy - to modern day strains. Leprosy, a chronic, contagious disease, is caused by a bacterium which affects mainly the skin and nerves. It was once an epidemic in Europe during the Middle Ages and wreaked absolute mayhem in the continent...

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