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The Iron in Our Blood That Keeps and Kills Us



The Iron in Our Blood That Keeps and Kills Us

An ambulance rushed Dr. Malcolm Casadaban to a Chicago emergency department with labored breathing and three days of fever, body aches, and cough. He died twelve hours later as heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver failed under the burden of overwhelming infection. Bacterial cultures of his blood eventually revealed the characteristic rods of Yersinia pestis. Somehow, the MIT-and Harvard-trained scientist died of septicemic plague -- the Black Death -- in Hyde Park, Chicago, in September of 2009…read more