Monday, December 12, 2016

Smallpox DNA info

A smallpox DNA sample from a 17th century child's mummy beneath a Lithuanian church proves that smallpox actually developed much more recently than first believed. A sample from the mummy compared to recent small pox examples show that common strains developed sometime between 1588 to 1645, meaning it may have developed much later than originally thought. However this is one example. Others need to be found and tested before scientists will know for sure how old smallpox is. Read more about it here  http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/12/08/504618235/a-mummys-dna-may-help-solve-the-mystery-of-the-origins-of-smallpox

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