January 15, 2006

Kuru on the Menu?

C'mon. Its the laughing sickness - you know you want it.

Apparently there was some data suggesting that cannibalism in early human culture could possibly have been a pseudo-eugenic ritual - selecting for resistance to the disease, but a group of scientists at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona have re-examined the data and shot down that idea.

Double checking data using different (and more accurate techniques) can yield surprising results and simple errors.

*kuru*prions*science*news*cannibalism*evolution*early human*

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