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Scientists reveal cause of one of the most devastating pandemics in human history

These findings suggest a new strain of plague could emerge again in humans in the future.
An international team of scientists has discovered that two of the world’s most devastating plagues – the plague of Justinian and the Black Death, each responsible for killing as many as half the people in Europe—were caused by distinct strains of the same pathogen, one that faded out on its own, the other leading to worldwide spread and re-emergence in the late 1800s.

These findings suggest a

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