Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hepatitis C: The Curse of the Slave Trade

Ian York at Mystery Rays discusses a recent paper on the geo-molecular origins of Hepatitis C virus. Some interesting findings here, including the notion that Hep C originated in Western Africa and was imported to the Americas through the slave trade that flourished between these regions several hundred years ago. In case we needed more evidence that selling humans is a bad idea...pretty interesting stuff though.