DNA double helix molecules and chromosomes.
Today’s Promega Connections blog is written by guest blogger Joliene Lindholm, Promega Technical Services Scientist.
In Promega Technical Services, we are frequently asked questions about choosing among our Human Genomic DNA products. Promega offers DNA that can serve as sources of normal human gene sequences or positive controls where genotype is not critical, and controls for use in genotyping applications like STR analysis. For mouse researchers, we also offer Mouse Genomic DNA. Continue reading
Yersinia pestis by A.Myasnikov for Wiki (Self made work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
When I started writing about research on Yersinia pestis
and the Black Death, I was amazed at the ability to recover 14th century bacterial DNA from human remains, show Y. pestis was the caustive agent of the Black Death
and then sequence the strain
to compare to modern Y. pestis
strains. The publications I read always mentioned the three waves of pandemics that devastated human populations in the introduction, and the Black Death was not the oldest one. The putative first pandemic was the Plague of Justinian in the 6th century, named after the Byzantine emperor. Like with the Black Death, there is debate about whether Y. pestis
is the causative agent of the Plague of Justinian. The research published in PLOS Pathogens
built on earlier work to isolate and genotype the suspected Y. pestis
causative agent from human remains in 6th century graves, but this time with more stringent protocols enacted to answer critics who questioned the authenticity of earlier results. Continue reading