Tuesday, January 15, 2008

What does a guy have to do to get a national holiday?

Columbus blamed for spread of syphilis - health - 15 January 2008 - New Scientist
Syphilis really did come from the Americas, suggests a new study.

There has been a long-running row over from where the dreaded disease came. But new genetic data from deep in the jungles of Guyana suggests that while other forms of this bacterium have plagued humans since early in our evolution, it emerged as venereal syphilis only when carried back to Europe by Columbus and his crew.

No comments: