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How infectious diseases arrived in the colonial Americas

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Authors

Houldcroft, Charlotte J  ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1833-5285

Abstract

Analysis of viral DNA from human remains suggests that the transatlantic slave trade may have introduced new pathogens that contributed to the devastating disease outbreaks in colonial Mexico.

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Keywords

Insight, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Ancient Viruses, ancient viruses, Africa, paleovirology, b19v, hbv, paleogenomics, Human, Virus

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eLife

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Journal ISSN

2050-084X

Volume Title

10

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eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd