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An analysis of viral DNA isolated from ancient human remains reveals that smallpox was widespread in Northern Europe in the 7th century, nearly 1,000 years earlier than previously known. A team led by scientists from the University of Cambridge and the University of Copenhagen recovered viral sequences from 13 northern European individuals, including 11 from the Viking Age, and reconstructed near-complete smallpox virus genomes for four of them.

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