Mummy Sequencing

Metagenomic sequencing of a mummy found in a mass burial site in Hungaria has yielded evidence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from 215 years ago, according to an article in The New England Journal of Medicine.

The discovery was made after investigators led by the University of Warwick used metagenomic sequencing to study tissues from the body of a 28 year-old woman who was buried in a crypt with 242 other individuals in Vác, Hungary.

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