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Did Columbus Bring Syphilis Home From America?

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    The first recorded outbreak of syphilis occurred in Naples, Italy in 1495. Controversy has raged over the source of the pathogen, but a recent study suggests that when Columbus discovered the New World, he also discovered syphilis. The evidence comes from an updated treponemal family tree published in PLoS. How did investigators collar Columbus? And how good is their evidence?

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    The first recorded outbreak of syphilis occurred in Naples, Italy in 1495. Controversy has raged over the source of the pathogen, but a recent study suggests that when Columbus discovered the New World, he also discovered syphilis. The evidence comes from an updated treponemal family tree published in PLoS. How did investigators collar Columbus? And how good is their evidence?

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