Studying ancient DNA

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6940.1370 (Published 21 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1370
  1. M Spigelman
  1. Institute of Archaelogy, University College London, London WCIE 6BT.

    EDITOR, - Fred B Charatan reports that research on a Peruvian mummy shows that tuberculosis was present centuries before Columbus discovered the New World.1 This confirms the research that I and Lemma did in a joint study between University College London's Institute of Archaeology and the medical schools' department of medical microbiology; this work has been published2 and was mentioned at the second international congress on ancient DNA in Washington last October. We have extracted and amplified by the polymerase chain reaction, using the insertion sequence primers specific …

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