Early human fire use and tuberculosis

Mathematical modeling suggests that fire use by early humans may have allowed tuberculosis to emerge as a transmissible human disease, possibly through increased susceptibility to lung infection due to smoke inhalation and increased opportunities for disease transmission in gatherings around community fires; the findings suggest that cultural innovation and altered living conditions can influence the emergence of infectious diseases. - Read at PNAS.org

Article #16-03224: “Controlled fire use in early humans might have triggered the evolutionary emergence of tuberculosis,” by Rebecca H. Chisholm, James M. Trauer, Darren Curnoe, and Mark M. Tanaka.