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DNA Evidence Calls Irish Potato Famine Theory Into Question

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June 13, 2001
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North Carolina State University
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For years, scientists thought they knew which strain of late blight caused the great Irish potato famine of the 1840s, a catastrophic crop failure that killed more than 1 million people, forced another 2 million to immigrate to America and other countries, and changed the course of European and American history. It turns out they were wrong.

For years, scientists thought they knew which strain of late blight caused the great Irish potato famine of the 1840s, a catastrophic crop failure that killed more than 1 million people, forced another 2 million to immigrate to America and other countries, and changed the course of European and American history.


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