Scientists say the Black Death 'could happen again'

An international team of researchers has discovered that two of the deadliest pandemics in history, the Plague of Justinian and the Black Plague, were caused by strains of the same plague. They warn that mutated — or even bioengineered — versions of the bacteria could lead to future outbreaks. » 1/28/14 10:39am 1/28/14 10:39am

Pneumonic "deadlier-than-bubonic" plague reported in Madagascar

The Pasteur Institute of Madagascar confirmed yesterday that a Madagascar village had lost at least twenty people to a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague. Today, the BBC confirmed with officials that two cases of pneumonic plague – considered deadlier and more virulent than bubonic plague – have also been reported. » 12/11/13 6:29pm 12/11/13 6:29pm

The Black Death is surprisingly similar to modern bacteria

The plague that wiped out over a third of Europe's population in the 14th century came from a bacteria known as Yersinia pestis. Now we've sequenced its genome...and it's weirdly, almost worryingly identical to its modern descendants. » 10/16/11 1:10pm 10/16/11 1:10pm

The bacterium responsible for the Black Death was once a mild stomach…

We've suspected it for awhile now, and now it's confirmed that the bacterium Yersinia pestis was responsible for the devastating plague that wiped out a third of Europe 650 years ago. But this ultimate killer started as something far different. » 8/30/11 11:18am 8/30/11 11:18am