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Ancient pathogen DNA in archaeological samples detected with a Microbial Detection Array

Research paper outlining the usefulness of broad microarrays as a rapid and inexpensive paleopathological screening tool for ancient samples.

Mar 12, 2014

Alison Devault on AM 900 CHML Interview Matt Holmes Show

Graduate student Alison Devault's interview about the Microbial Detection Arrary (MDA) on the Matt Holmes Show.

Mar 12, 2014

Ancient whole genome enrichment using baits built from modern DNA

Study validating the use of reference-free bait synthesis for whole-genome enrichment.

Feb 26, 2014

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

NPR Shots story on work from the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre's identification of the Justinian Plague.

Feb 05, 2014

Two of History's Deadliest Plagues Were Linked, With Implications for Another Outbreak

National Geographic story highlighting work done at the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre on the Black Death and the Justinian Plague.

Feb 05, 2014

Ancient cholera mysteriously disappeared

Nature News story on the strain differences between ancient and modern Cholera.

Feb 05, 2014

With Help of Victims From 1849, Scientists Decode Early Strain of Cholera

The New York Times article on McMaster Ancient DNA Centre researchers' identification of cholera in 165 preserved intestines.

Feb 05, 2014

Quantitative PCR as a predictor of aligned ancient DNA read counts following targeted enrichment

McMaster Ancient DNA Centre research on the use of quantitative PCR to predict hybridization capture success.

Feb 05, 2014

Yersinia pestis and the Plague of Justinian 541—543 AD: a genomic analysis

McMaster Ancient DNA researchers and collaborators identified Yersinia pestis as the causative agent behind the Plague of Justinian. Notably, the the Justinian strain is unique from strains in later pandemics and has either gone extinct or remains unsampled in wild rodent reservoirs.

Feb 05, 2014