The Lancet infectious diseases | 1 Feb 2014
DM Wagner, J Klunk, M Harbeck, A Devault, N Waglechner, JW Sahl, J Enk, DN Birdsell, M Kuch, C Lumibao, D Poinar, T Pearson, M Fourment, B Golding, JM Riehm, DJ Earn, S Dewitte, JM Rouillard, G Grupe, I Wiechmann, JB Bliska, PS Keim, HC Scholz, EC Holmes and H Poinar
Yersinia pestis has caused at least three human plague pandemics. The second (Black Death, 14-17th centuries) and third (19-20th centuries) have been genetically characterised, but there is only a limited understanding of the first pandemic, the Plague of Justinian (6-8th centuries). To address this gap, we sequenced and analysed draft genomes of Y pestis obtained from two individuals who died in the first pandemic.
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