Measles virus and rinderpest virus divergence dated to the sixth century BCE

  title={Measles virus and rinderpest virus divergence dated to the sixth century BCE},
  author={A. D{\"u}x and S. Lequime and L. V. Patrono and B. Vrancken and Şeng{\"u}l Boral and Jan F. Gogarten and Antonia Hilbig and D. Horst and K. Merkel and Baptiste Prepoint and S. Santib{\'a}{\~n}ez and J. Schlotterbeck and M. Suchard and M. Ulrich and N. Widulin and A. Mankertz and F. Leendertz and K. Harper and T. Schnalke and P. Lemey and S. Calvignac-Spencer},
  pages={1367 - 1370}
  • A. Düx, S. Lequime, +18 authors S. Calvignac-Spencer
  • Published 2020
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Older origins of measles virus Animal domestication by humans is thought to have given many pathogens an opportunity to invade a new host, and measles is one example of this. However, there is controversy about when measles emerged in humans, because the historical descriptions of measles are relatively recent (late ninth century CE). The controversy has persisted in part because ancient RNA is thought to be a poor target for molecular clock techniques. Düx et al. have overcome the ancient RNA… CONTINUE READING
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