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Extinct Pathogens Ushered The Fall of Ancient Civilizations, Scientists Say

Extinct Pathogens Ushered The Fall of Ancient Civilizations, Scientists Say

Thousands of years ago, throughout the eastern Mediterranean, various Bronze Age civilizations declined at about the same time. The Old Kingdom of Egypt and the Akkadian Empire collapsed, and there was a widespread social crisis throughout the Ancient Near East and Aegean, manifesting itself as declining populations, destruction, reduced trade, and significant cultural changes. As …

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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 human teeth dating back 1,500 years has revealed the ancient origins of the widespread strain of herpes virus that causes cold sores. Genomic data suggest that herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which today infects around 3.7 billion people worldwide, emerged and proliferated around 5,000 years ago. And it may …

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