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Ancient Tuberculosis and Leprosy: Pre-Columbian Presence

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Jane Buikstra, Regents' Professor of Bioarchaeology and Founding Director, Center for Bioarchaeological Research in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, is renowned for her groundbreaking international research in bioarchaeology, paleopathology, forensic anthropology, and paleodemography. In this talk, Dr. Buikstra focuses on tuberculosis and leprosy, closely related mycobacterial diseases that continue to challenge medical science today. Both are commonly considered Old World diseases, based upon evidence from texts, portable art, murals, and human remains. Focusing upon archaeological and biomolecular approaches, she considers new evidence for the antiquity of these mycobacterial diseases in the Americas. Pre-registration recommended. Free Admission.


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