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Pimenoff, V. N., & Houldcroft, C. J. (2021). How infectious diseases arrived in the colonial Americas. ELife, 10.

Ancient viruses : how infectious diseases arrived in the colonial Americas

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Author: Pimenoff, Ville N1,2,3; Houldcroft, Charlotte J4
Organizations: 1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
2Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
3Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: eLife Sciences Publications, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-10-05


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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Series: eLife
ISSN: 2050-084X
ISSN-E: 2050-084X
ISSN-L: 2050-084X
Volume: 10
Article number: e72791
DOI: 10.7554/eLife.72791
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 3141 Health care science
Copyright information: © 2021, Pimenoff and Houldcroft. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.