Chapter 5 : Sources of Materials for Paleomicrobiology

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Paleomicrobiology aims to establish the diagnosis of ancient infectious diseases from human or environmental ancient samples, including animal specimens dating back thousands of years but with conservation differences depending on the nature of the molecules (DNA or proteins) or conservation environmental conditions ( ). This science, born of the multiple disciplines of medical microbiology, anthropology, history, and related sciences such as archaeozoology, initially aimed to highlight ancient pathogens and more recently ancient microbiota, including functional data such as antibiotic resistance ( ). The works of Ruffer are among the oldest works ( ), especially on the discovery of a solution for rehydrating the mummified tissue.

Citation: Aboudharam G. 2016. Sources of Materials for Paleomicrobiology, p 39-50. In Drancourt M, Raoult D (ed), Paleomicrobiology of Humans. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.PoH-0016-2015
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Cross-section of a tooth. 1, enamel; 2, dentin; 3, dental pulp; 4, cement; 5, periodontal fiber; 6, apical foramen; 7, gingival mucosa; 8, alveolar bone.

Citation: Aboudharam G. 2016. Sources of Materials for Paleomicrobiology, p 39-50. In Drancourt M, Raoult D (ed), Paleomicrobiology of Humans. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.PoH-0016-2015
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Table 1

Environmental and host sources for paleomicrobiology

Citation: Aboudharam G. 2016. Sources of Materials for Paleomicrobiology, p 39-50. In Drancourt M, Raoult D (ed), Paleomicrobiology of Humans. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.PoH-0016-2015

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