The newly discovered bakteriestammen is the oldest so far and in the researchers ' study is a strong argument to pestepidemin began about 5.700 years ago in Trypillja outside Kiev.
coming from Sweden, France and Denmark, have now published their study in the scientific journal Cell.
Their study consists of dna analysis of a large number of stenåldersbönder from Gökhem outside Falköping in Västergötland. Bakteriestammen has inter alia been found in the remains of a 20-year-old Swedish woman who died around 5,000 years ago.
in Addition to bakteriestammen is the oldest found so far is there anything else that fascinates the scientists.
strains, the researchers could establish that the current bakteriestammen is the most basal. It means that it is the bakteriestam which is closest to the genetic origins of the bacterium yersinia pestis, which causes plague.
the Researchers also believe that the discovery can give us a new theory of how the plague spread and thus explain how Europe's first lands around lake siljan could go under.
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