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  1. Fun fact about armadillos – most of them carry leprosy due to wacky science experiments done on them by American scientists in the fifties.

      • It doesn’t affect them, which is why they were the animals chosen for tinkering, they only carry it, the way tsetse carry sleeping sickness.

        Bonus fun fact: Wigglesworthia glossinidia brevipalpis, Sir Vincent Brian Wigglesworth, (you can’t make this stuff up), is a Gram-negative symbiotically co-evolved bacterium in the family Enterobacteriaceae, related to E. coli, which lives in the gut of the tsetse fly. Because of this relationship, Wigglesworthia has lost a large part of its genome and has one of the smallest known genomes of any living organism.

        • Umm… those experiments happened, but the armadillos had Leprosy before hand. The scientists discovered that about 5% (which is far from most) carry it naturally. At first they THOUGHT that they had screwed up and let some of their test animals into the wild only to re-catch them, but that wasn’t the case.

        • Oooh, the plot thickens.

          Now that you mention it, I remember it, but it’s been so long since I’ve read about it, that’s all the info I had left. It’s like you updated my brain wiki.

        • Hold on here < bang > don’t move around too much < crash > or it might pull out again < hammering sounds > just need to get this < arcing noises > last wire screwed down…

          There! Now you have constant streaming feed updates! 😛

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