The Benefits of Time Travel: Reconstructing Ancient Genomes and Microbiomes

Friday, February 17, 2017: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room 311 (Hynes Convention Center)
Ana Duggan, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
New genomic technologies enable us to reconstruct genomes of ancient human pathogens and microbiomes from unpromising sources such as tartar from teeth. These discoveries help us better understand the human condition in the past and the shifting population patterns of pandemics like the plague. It also provides clues about how current humans may respond to emerging and re-emerging infections.