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Scientists Solve DNA Puzzle of the Black Death

Press stories surrounding the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre's recent work on the completion of the Yersinia pestis's (plague genome).

Oct 12, 2011

Author: Nicholas Wade

Media: The New York Times

Date: October 2011

After the Black Death reached London in 1348, some 2,400 people were buried in East Smithfield, near the Tower of London, in a cemetery that had been prepared for the plague’s arrival. From the teeth of four of those victims, researchers have now reconstructed the full DNA of a microbe that within five years felled one- third to one-half of the population of Western Europe.

Scientists Solve Puzzle of Black Death’s DNA - The New York Times

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