Medieval skeleton gives clues to the genetic origins of leprosy

26 Jan 2017
Human skeleton in ancient grave

The skeleton of a medieval leprosy victim excavated from one of Britain's earliest known hospitals is shedding light on the genetic origins of the disfiguring disease leprosy.​​Leprosy is a bacterial infection which has afflicted humans for thousands of years - reaching epidemic levels during the Middle Ages - and is still affecting people today. However, the genetic origins of the disease are not well understood. ​​

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