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Published: 10 April 2003

264 Pages | 42 halftones & line illus

ISBN: 9780198509011

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Emerging Pathogens

The Archaeology, Ecology, and Evolution of Infectious Disease

Edited by Charles Greenblatt and Mark Spigel

Many ancient diseases with a long history of afflicting mankind such as Tuberculosis and Malaria are now re-emerging. New techniques allow us to detect ancient pathogen DNA and other biomarkers, in effect the chemical 'signatures' of pathogens. These tools could help us develop strategies to combat modern emerging diseases. This book focuses on ancient diseases in order to bridge the gap that has for so long separated today's infectious disease specialists and the paleopathologists who describe pathology in skeletal and mummified remains. By linking these two research communities, and incorporating the views of anthropologists, medical ecologists and molecular/evolutionary biologists, this book promotes a better understanding of this complex but vitally important field.

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