Smallpox and Malaria findings featured in the current issue of World Archaeology

CWA Issue 81Recent work by the McMaster University Ancient DNA Centre and collaborators on the sequencing of a smallpox genome from a 17th century Lithuanian child mummy and the identification of malaria in Roman Italy has been featured in the current issue of World Archaeology (CWA 81). The issue is already available in the UK and will be available in North America by the end of the month.


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Letter from Maia Lappano

We recently received a letter from Maia, a 4-year girl from nearby Guelph, who wrote to us about her thoughts on bringing back the woolly mammoths. It really made our day and we are pleased to have any small part in encouraging the next generation of scientists. Thank you Maia!


Maia’s envelope, sent along with some beautiful stickers.


Maia’s letter


The typed letter accompanying Maia’s letter.

A young scientist.

A young scientist.

McMaster Daily News Article

Ancient Plague’s DNA Revived From A 1,500-Year-Old Tooth


Media: NPR Shots
Date: January 29, 2014 2:59 AM

Scientists have reconstructed the genetic code of a strain of bacteria that caused one of the most deadly pandemics in history nearly 1,500 years ago.
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Two of History’s Deadliest Plagues Were Linked, With Implications for Another Outbreak

Authors: Ker Than

Media: National Geographic Daily News
Date: January 29, 2014

Scientists discover a link between the Justinian plague and the Black Death.
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With Help of Victims From 1849, Scientists Decode Early Strain of Cholera

Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
Media: The New York Times
Date: JAN. 8, 2014

Using bits of human intestine stored in a Philadelphia medical museum in 1849, scientists have decoded the genes of an early form of cholera, the deadly diarrheal disease that first swept the globe just a few decades earlier.
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