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Plague bug not so fierce after all

DNA analysis shows bacterium was fairly ordinary but thrived in pestilent conditions of medieval Europe

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10:45am, October 14, 2011

Using methods that seem inspired by Frankenstein and Jurassic Park, scientists have reconstructed the entire DNA sequence of the ancient microbe responsible for the Black Death, the plague that killed half of Europe’s population between 1347 and 1351.

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