Wednesday, January 25, 2006

"CSI: Athens" or "Another mystery of the ancient world solved": The ancient Athenian plague described by Thucydides in his classic "History of the Peloponnesian War" has been shown by modern DNA testing to be typhoid fever.

The DNA testing also excluded "bubonic plague, typhus, anthrax, tuberculosis, cowpox and catscratch disease before finding a match in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi -- the bacteria responsible for typhoid fever."

Here's the full article (PDF format).