[Identification of pathogens in ancient skeletal series: the malaria of the Medici Grand Dukes (Florence, XVI century)].

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The application of paleoimmunological techniques on ancient human bone tissue allowed the identification of ancient pathogens, such as malaria by Plasmodium falciparum. Until now the immunocromatographic tests were applied only on mummified muscle. Ir this study positive results were obtained using ancient spongy bone samples belonging to the skeletal… (More)

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