News FocusAMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGISTS MEETING

Tuberculosis Jumped From Humans to Cows, Not Vice Versa

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Science  02 May 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5876, pp. 608
DOI: 10.1126/science.320.5876.608a

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At the American Association of Physical Anthropologists meeting, a DNA study showed that early humans were infected with strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which cause tuberculosis, long before they began herding cattle, suggesting that it was humans who transmitted the disease to bovids and other animals.