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The Fore people, a Papua New Guinea tribe, are most famous for kuru, a disease caused by eating the dead. By studying this tribe, University College London researchers say they have identified a gene that protects against some forms of prion conditions, including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. According to the scientists, continued research in this area could result in a better understanding of, and possible treatments for many types of degenerative brain illnesses.

The Fore people, a Papua New Guinea tribe, are most famous for kuru, a disease caused by eating the dead. By studying this tribe, University College London researchers say they have identified a gene.

Here, the bones of victims of cannibalism are kept by the descendants of those     who ate them, the caches guarded by children for visitors to see

Here, the bones of victims of cannibalism are kept by the descendants of those who ate them, the caches guarded by children for visitors to see

Haschogan, Navajo House God Photograph by Edward S. Edward Sheriff Curtis was an ethnologist and photographer of the American West and of Native American peoples.

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