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WSU researchers find plague bacterium endures in soil
May 10, 2017

By Laura Lockard, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine

PULLMAN, Wash. – The bacterium that causes bubonic plague has been found to survive in the common amoeba, the microorganism most children often see first in a grade school microscope.

Plague rises from the dead, studied in fleas at WSU
February 19, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

WSU-fleas-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A study’s recent finding about a plague that struck 1,500 years ago might seem arbitrary – except that it involves a resurrected pathogen whose secrets, pulled from ancient teeth, can help us understand our world’s emerging diseases.