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Health

Indians were lepers a long time ago

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanMay 27, 2009 9:12 AM

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Kambiz of Anthropology.net is back. His first offering reports on a new paper on the evidence for leprosy in India 4,000 years ago.

...Lots of hallmarks in human existence occurred during this time period, some being inventions in system of writing, standardized weights and measures, monumental architecture, and trade networks that stretched to Mesopotamia and beyond. While the pathophysiology of leprosy is up in the air, it is not surprising that communicable diseases, even not very contagious ones like leprosy, also blossomed during the rapid sedentarisation of human populations.

Well, I guess it's OK to reinforce some stereotypes if it's in the service of science :-)

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