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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2020 7:19 p.m. PST

… by smallpox

"Some Vikings may have died from now-extinct strains of one of humankind's deadliest pathogens: smallpox.

Researchers collected DNA from viruses in the remains of northern Europeans living during the Viking Age, some of whom were likely Vikings themselves, and found that they were infected with extinct but related versions of the variola virus that causes smallpox, the team reports in the July 24 Science. The new finding pushes back the proven record of smallpox infecting people by almost 1,000 years, to the year 603.

Researchers had previously discovered ancient traces of variola virus DNA in a mummy from the mid-1600s, which put the common origin of modern strains in the 16th or 17th century (SN: 12/8/16)…"
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Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2020 9:28 a.m. PST

Did anyone think this wasn't the case?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2020 11:52 a.m. PST

Why?….


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