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The Kuru Guru

What is kuru? How did a deadly disease once limited to a single tribe, the Fore, in the outback of New Guinea spread outward to the wider world?

Here’s a look at Carleton Gajdusek, a pediatrician who has worked as a virologist for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH) for decades. In 1957, he traveled to New Guinea to study kuru, a disease that attacks the brain, rendering the victim spasmodic and paralyzed until death. More from Jamie Dlux.




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