Scientists Confirm that the Black Death Was Bubonic Plague

Although historical records describe the 14th Century pestilence known as the Black Death in a way that indicates that it was the bubonic plague, only recently has science confirmed this hypothesis:

“Our data … ends the debate about the etiology of the Black Death, and unambiguously demonstrates that Y. pestis was the causative agent of the epidemic plague that devastated Europe during the Middle Ages,” the authors wrote in the Oct. 7 issue of PLoS Pathogens.[...]

To build their case, the study’s authors extracted DNA from more than 75 skeletons in mass graves or plague pits across Europe. As an added measure, the scientists compared the samples to bones in nearby regions unaffected by the disease. All of this data, according to the study, points to bubonic plague as the cause of the 400-year-long pandemic and not other diseases.

Link via Geekosystem | Photo: Virginia Commonwealth University

Previously: Eyam: The Village That Died to Save Its Neighbors

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@BLS Yeah, your joke is funny and all, but I just lost a ton of bar bets with this whole "Not the fault of the Jews thing." I now owe so many people so much money.
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"As a final test, the scientists slipped the extracted DNA into researcher James Titon (a/k/a "Dr. Drinky McSmellsFunny")'s coffee and locked him in a clean room. 'That pretty much confirmed it. Well, really it was already confirmed, but...two birds and whatnot.'"
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