Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, June 28th, 2005
In a recent report, researchers in England conducted a study "to determine whether ancient DNA (aDNA) can be used to study the palaeopathology of venereal syphilis, we carried out a comprehensive analysis of the preservation of human and pathogen DNA in a set of 46 bones of various ages, most of which displayed osteological indications of the disease. Bones came from seven English cemetery sites that were in use during the 9th-19th centuries."
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