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A hunter-gather’s tooth yields the oldest known strain of plague

Part of a skull against a dark background.

The skull of a young man buried millennia ago in what is now Latvia. Genetic material extracted from the man’s remains has revealed DNA from an ancient form of plague. Credit: Dominik Göldner, BGAEU

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Nature 595, 153 (2021)

doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-021-01767-5

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