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Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "More than 6000 years ago, a small child in ancient Mesopotamia went wading in a nearby stream. He or she might have been bathing, playing, or merely cleaning up after answering nature’s call on the stream’s bank, a common practice in the days long before toilets. But the wader was out of luck; lurking in the water were the treacherous larvae of a parasite called Schistosoma. It is hard to say which symptoms the ancient Mesopotamian child suffered because no soft tissue remains on his or her skeleton today. The disease did leave a trace, however. The mature worms in the child’s pelvis laid eggs, and one of them stayed buried for thousands of years. Now, a team of researchers has unearthed the egg in a grave in the Tell Zeidan archaeological site in modern Syria. Before the Tell Zeidan discovery, the oldest confirmed case of schistosomiasis was a 5200-year-old mummy in Egypt. The egg at Tell Zeidan is the first confirmation that the infection existed in Mesopotamia as well."
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Comment: Re:Doesn't seem to be a "rogue employee" (Score 1) 186

by Wheatie (#39857179) Attached to: Data Engineer In Google Case Is Identified
If I were a shareholder, this sort of loose operations control would seriously worry me. I know that Google was at least partially built on letting creative people run off and do what interests them, but there also needs to be a decent level of oversight and guidance to ensure that employees don't inadvertently (or even intentionally) get themselves into legal troubles.

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