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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Thank goodness for TB

TB 'may have killed off leprosy'

Human remains dating from the 1st Century AD suggest tuberculosis (TB) may have killed off leprosy in Europe.

Scientists at University College London have been examining a shrouded body recently discovered in a sealed chamber in Israel.

The bones reveal the man was infected with both TB and leprosy.

Given that TB is the more aggressive and faster-killing of the two, the scientists say it would have won the battle of the diseases.

Whew! Thank goodness for TB, huh? Interestingly, and no doubt controversially, if TB was allowed to run it's natural course it would probably do the same thing with AIDS ... eventually


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