The next #chapter of #human – #plague #science (Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, summary)

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The next chapter of human–plague science

Bryan S. McLean, Joseph A. Cook, Lance A. Durden, Eric P. Hoberg, and Robert P. Guralnick

PNAS first published June 28, 2019 / DOI:


In PNAS, Jones et al. (1) provide an expert history of human–plague interactions across central Asia, and we support their thesis that zoonotic systems are best regulated using “control” rather than “eradication” strategies. Nonetheless, a control strategy is incomplete if it fails to acknowledge the critical role that modern biospecimen infrastructure plays in revealing historic and ongoing oscillations of host–pathogen systems. Recent environmental changes unique to central Asia (2), coupled with intensification of cultural and economic exchange in the region (i.e., China’s Belt and Road Initiative; ref. 3) demand approaches to pathogen control that are informed by the historic and …



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Keywords: Yersinia pestis; Plague.


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