We’ve learned that a child in Los Angeles is sick with the plague. That sounds anachronistic, but the plague has long been a resident of the American southwest. And it first came in through San Francisco.
This is Caterina Sforza, one of the most infamous people of Renaissance Italy. She had many feuds, the most prominent of which was with the Borgia family. This feud resulted in an interesting rumor—that she weaponized the Plague, and tried to assassinate the Pope with it.
In the 1300s, the Black Death sprang up in central Asia, and marched steadily over the Old World. As it claimed Europe from the south, people in the northern countries thought they might be safe from it. Then it came, in the form of a classic horror movie trope.
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…