Topic ID #15639 - posted 1/5/2012 5:52 AM

Columbus May Have Found Syphilis in The New World



Jennifer Palmer

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    Columbus May Have Found Syphilis in The New World
    The transmission of diseases from Old World to New may have been a two-way street.
By Emily Sohn Thu Jan 5, 2012 08:00 AM ET

Christopher Columbus and his crew have long been villainized for, among other acts, bringing diseases to the New World that wiped out massive numbers of Native Americans. But the transmission of disease may have been a two-way street, suggests new research.

After analyzing 54 published studies of Old World skeletons, researchers concluded that syphilis originated in the New World as a non-sexually transmitted disease and then mutated into a venereal version after it arrived in Europe in the 1490s.


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