Extinct Pathogens Ushered The Fall of Ancient Civilizations, Scientists Say

Extinct Pathogens Ushered The Fall of Ancient Civilizations, Scientists Say

Thousands of years ago, across the Eastern Mediterranean, multiple Bronze Age civilizations took a distinct turn for the worse at around the same time. Tea Old Kingdom of Egypt and the Akkadian Empire both collapsed, and there was a widespread societal crisis across the Ancient Near East and the Aegean, manifesting as declining populations, destruction, … Read more

Cold Sores Have Been Blistering Humans For Thousands of Years, Finds New Study

Cold Sores Have Been Blistering Humans For Thousands of Years, Finds New Study

The preservation of DNA in the teeth of humans dating as far back as 1,500 years have revealed the ancient origins of the pervasive herpes virus strain that causes cold sores. The genomic data suggests that herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which today infects around 3.7 billion people globally, emerged and proliferated around 5,000 … Read more