'Black Death' Likely Originated in Central Asia, Researchers Say

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The Black Death, a plague that killed up to 60% of people in western Eurasia from roughly 1346 to 1353, likely originated in the Tian Shan mountains of central Asia, new research shows. Scientists recovered two genomes of an ancient strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes plague, from human remains buried in two 14th-century cemeteries in Kyrgyzstan. The strain is the ancestor of the microbes that caused the Black Death. "The origin of the Black Death has been one of the most widely debated topics not only in medieval history, but I perhaps will not exaggerate if I...