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Plasmodium falciparum immunodetection in bone remains of members of the Renaissance Medici family (Florence, Italy, sixteenth century)

August 17, 2010 - 13:52 -- Patrick Sampao
Gino Fornaciari, Valentina Giuffra, Ezio Ferroglio, Sarah Gino, Raffaella Bianucci
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 104, Issue 9, September 2010, Pages 583-587

Our findings provide the first modern laboratory evidence of the presence of P. falciparum ancient proteins in the skeletal remains of four members of the Medici family. We confirm the clinical diagnosis of the court physicians, using modern methods.

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