Monday, June 29, 2015

Ancient DNA of Black Death Victim #8291

Ancient DNA was sequenced from tooth of sample #8291, a Black Death victim from c. 1348 AD, East Smithfield Cemetery, London, UK. I converted the raw data of these samples into formats familiar to genetic genealogists. The complete SNPs are available for download. However, there is not much common SNPs when filtered with SNPs tested by DNA testing companies like FTDNA, 23andMe and Ancestry, hence not uploaded to GEDmatch. Haplogroups, site location, and age of the sample etc as per the authors can be found in Ancient DNA page.

Schuenemann, Verena J., et al. "Targeted enrichment of ancient pathogens yielding the pPCP1 plasmid of Yersinia pestis from victims of the Black Death." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108.38 (2011): E746-E752.

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