Molecular biology has been used as a tool of paleopathology over the last few decades, as DNA can be recovered from human remains that are hundreds of years old. Since techniques such as PCR are highly sensitive to contamination, meticulous laboratory set-ups and protocols are necessary to ensure that false positive results from other materials in the laboratory do not occur. For example, the long-held assumption that bubonic plague was the cause of the Plague of Justinian and the Black Death has been strongly supported by finding Yersinia pestis DNA in mass graves, whereas another proposed cause, anthrax, was not found.
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Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual
Monday, September 24 at 4:30pm
Laupus Library, Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery
500 Health Science Dr, Greenville, NC 27834