First report of Mycobacterium bovis DNA in human remains from the Iron Age.

@article{Taylor2007FirstRO,
  title={First report of Mycobacterium bovis DNA in human remains from the Iron Age.},
  author={G. Michael Taylor and Eileen Murphy and Richard H Hopkins and Paul Rutland and Yuri Chistov},
  journal={Microbiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={153 Pt 4},
  pages={1243-9}
}
Tuberculosis has plagued humankind since prehistoric times, as is evident from characteristic lesions on human skeletons dating back to the Neolithic period. The disease in man is due predominantly to infection with either Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Mycobacterium bovis, both members of the M. tuberculosis (MTB) complex. A number of studies have shown that when conditions permit, surviving mycobacterial DNA may be amplified from bone by PCR. Such ancient DNA (aDNA) analyses are subject to… CONTINUE READING