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Christina Warinner:
Tracking ancient diseases using ... plaque

TED2012 · 5:31 · Filmed Feb 2012
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Christina Warinner: Tracking ancient diseases using ... plaque
5:31 · Filmed February 2012 at TED2012 · Subtitles available in 28 languages

Imagine what we could learn about diseases by studying the history of human disease, from ancient hominids to the present. But how? TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an achaeological geneticist, and she's found a spectacular new tool — the microbial DNA in fossilized dental plaque.

Archaeological geneticist
Christina Warinner is a researcher at the University of Zurich, where she studies how humans have co-evolved with environments, diets and disease. Full bio
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