NIH Discovers Even More Dangerous Pathogens in Recent Lab Sweep

This past July, we reported that the National Institutes of Health found vials filled with smallpox in a Maryland lab. The potentially disastrous discovery prompted the agency to check on all its labs to make sure no other fatal diseases were lurking about. It turns out there were. » 9/07/14 12:00pm 9/07/14 12:00pm

Plague DNA Found in Ancient Tooth Suggests Black Death Isn't Dead Yet

You've undoubtedly heard about the Bubonic plague, but the chances of you knowing next to anything about the Justinian plague are significantly slimmer. That's because no one really knew anything about the Justinian plague—until recently, that is. Now, two ancient, plague-ridden teeth are finally teaching us a little… » 1/28/14 2:00pm 1/28/14 2:00pm

This Is What a Plague of Locusts Actually Looks Like

A plague of locusts sounds like the kind of biblical torment that we'll never really need to worry about. But they're real, they happen—and boy do they cause trouble. » 5/13/13 6:56am 5/13/13 6:56am

Black Death DNA ID'd by Scientists and What It Means For the Next…

The source of Black Death, a plague that devastated Europe in the 14th century, has finally been pinpointed thanks to an analysis of rotting bones and teeth extracted a mass burial site in London. » 8/30/11 4:30pm 8/30/11 4:30pm

A Scientist Was Killed By a Non-Killing Strain of the Plague

18 months ago, Malcolm Casadaban, a University of Chicago professor of genetics and cell biology, was working on research regarding the Plague. Yeah, that Plague. But the Plague bacteria he was testing was genetically modified, specifically weakened so that it couldn't infect humans. And yet, with sadness, Casadaban… » 2/28/11 8:40pm 2/28/11 8:40pm