Early controlled use of fire may have led to emergence of tuberculosis

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 07:31 in Biology & Nature

(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with the University of New South Wales and Monash University, both in Australia, has developed a theory that suggests tuberculosis may have evolved into a disease as a result of the use of controlled fire by early humans. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they came up with the theory and then tested it using mathematical modeling in conjunction with evolutionary genetics, epidemiology and paleontology.

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