Daily Archives: February 7, 2014
(NaturalNews) The two deadliest plagues in the world – the Black Death and the Justinian Plague – wiped out a great deal of Europe’s population. A new study shows that they were caused by two different strains of the same bacterium. With funding from a variety of sources from the United States, Australia and Canada, researchers analyzed DNA from people who were victims of those plagues to reach that conclusion.
Lt. Pat Ledwith is Sarasota, Florida’s commander of criminal investigations. He says quicker DNA testing could make a big difference.
“Currently we have to send it off to a lab, either a state lab or private lab,”Ledwith explains.
Most cases of criminal DNA testing can take anywhere from a week to a month.
“If they come up with a process that expedites this testing, it could really help us solve crimes quickly, especially when we have no suspects in cases,” Lepwith adds.