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[Science Espresso] Plague Genome: what does it say about our history?

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Paleogenetics of Pathogens: What do the plagues and poison genotypes tell about human history?
Probably the most terrible and most terrible and deadly human diseases: pestilence and pox,  have accompanied our history for 7,000 years. In the 20th century, poisoned animals killed up to 500 million people, while the plague 'Black death' in the 14th century reduced the Earth's population by almost a third. Although the last case of leprosy was recorded in 1977, isolated cases of fever have occurred so far.

It is therefore not surprising that the studies of these genotypes of these pathogens reveal many important information not only about the same diseases, but also can tell a lot about the history of humanity. Vice-Rector of Vilnius University, anthropologist, Prof. dr R. Jankauskas will discuss this topic at the last Sparks Science Espresso in Vilnius on 28 November.

Practical information

Tuesday 28 November

17:00 - 18:30 (UTC+2)

Pylimo g. 21B, 01141 Vilnius

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Events date: 
Tuesday, November 28, 2017