Researchers are searching through an Italian graveyard in hopes of finding DNA belonging to the Vibrio cholerae strain that swept through the region in 1850, LiveScience reports.

In an apparent bid to halt the epidemic, villagers in Badia Pozzeveri in Tuscany treated cholera victims in lime when burying them. This, Stephanie Pappas notes at LiveScience, preserved the victims' bones and possibly also the DNA of the bacteria infecting them.

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