Scientists Decode Genome Of Cholera Strain From 1849
New York Times: With Help of Victims From 1849, Scientists Decode Early Strain of Cholera
“Using bits of human intestine stored in a Philadelphia medical museum in 1849, scientists have decoded the genes of an early form of cholera, the deadly diarrheal disease that first swept the globe just a few decades earlier. … Right now, there is no obvious practical use for the 1849 genome. Cholera vaccines protect against the modern El Tor strain…” (McNeil, 1/8).