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Don´t blame Columbus: TB in the
Americas already was present...
in seals

MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff

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Posted By:PageTurner, 8/24/2014 1:43:38 AM

The long-held idea that Europeans were the first to bring tuberculosis to the Americas when they arrived in the 15th Century has been thrown into doubt. Instead, a study suggests that the deadly disease was present in the area hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus made landfall. Genetic tests reveal that humans were probably not responsible for moving TB to the New World at all - instead, seals carried it there. The research is published in Nature. Johannes Krause, from the University of Tuebingen, in Germany, said: “Who would have thought seals were actually transmitting one of the deadliest diseases to

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Another of the left´s favorite shibboleths bites the dust.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: kono, 8/24/2014 2:07:41 AM     (No. 9978398)

This discovery doesn´t merit a whole article. It belongs in a list of ´fun facts´ accompanying an article about seals or something.

To its credit, this piece does point out that the strain of TB carried by seals is different from the strains known to infect humans. But then it´s given a misleading headline to attract user clicks....

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