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Source of Justian Plague Sequenced?

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In a fascinating story that was presented on NPR by Nell Greenfieldboyce we learn that the source of the Justian Plague (541-543AD) was recently identified by sequencing blood extracted from the dental pulp of the teeth associated with two skeletons recovered from Munich. For many years it was thought that Yersina pestis was the causative microbe that some believe helped facilitate the fall of the Roman Empire. The work presented in Lancet Infectious Diseases (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099%2813%2970323-2/fulltext) } elegantly illustrates that a lineage of Yersina pestis was responsible for this plague and the Black Death that occurred 800 years later.
 
 

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