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Yersinia pestis DNA from Skeletal Remains from the 6th Century AD Reveals Insights into Justinianic Plague

  • Michaela Harbeck mail,

    M.Harbeck@lrz.uni-muenchen.de (MH); holger1scholz@bundeswehr.org (HCS); bramanti@uni-mainz.de (BB)

    Affiliation: State Collection for Anthropology and Palaeoanatomy, Munich, Germany

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  • Lisa Seifert,

    Affiliation: Department Biology I, Anthropology and Human Genetics, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Martinsried, Germany

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  • Stephanie Hänsch,

    Affiliations: Institute for Anthropology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

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  • David M. Wagner,

    Affiliation: Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, United States of America

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  • Dawn Birdsell,

    Affiliation: Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, United States of America

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  • Katy L. Parise,

    Affiliation: Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, United States of America

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  • Ingrid Wiechmann,

    Affiliation: Institute of Palaeoanatomy, Domestication Research and the History of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Sciences, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany

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  • Gisela Grupe,

    Affiliations: State Collection for Anthropology and Palaeoanatomy, Munich, Germany, Department Biology I, Anthropology and Human Genetics, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Martinsried, Germany

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  • Astrid Thomas,

    Affiliation: Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, Munich, Germany

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  • Paul Keim,

    Affiliation: Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

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  • Lothar Zöller,

    Affiliation: Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, Munich, Germany

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  • Barbara Bramanti mail,

    M.Harbeck@lrz.uni-muenchen.de (MH); holger1scholz@bundeswehr.org (HCS); bramanti@uni-mainz.de (BB)

    Affiliations: Institute for Anthropology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

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  • Julia M. Riehm,

    Affiliation: Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, Munich, Germany

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  • Holger C. Scholz mail

    M.Harbeck@lrz.uni-muenchen.de (MH); holger1scholz@bundeswehr.org (HCS); bramanti@uni-mainz.de (BB)

    Affiliation: Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, Munich, Germany

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  • Published: May 02, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1003349

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causative agent

Posted by M_Uiterwijk on 08 May 2013 at 12:24 GMT

A very interesting study, eventhough I wonder whether it is fit to claim that the one agent looked for -and found- is the one that caused the disease/death of the person. In medicine, the agent found together with the symptoms should match.So, I'm not sure whether this study will end the controversy of the causitve agent of this specific pandemic.

No competing interests declared.