Parasites from the Past

Martin Jensen Søe, Brian Lund Fredensborg, Peter Nejsum, Christian Moliin Outzen Kapel

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Helminth infections used to be common in the
humans in Denmark. The whipworm (Trichuris sp.)
and roundworm (Ascaris sp.) are of particular
interest as they produce very hard-shelled eggs,
which allow them to be recovered in the
environment after extended periods of time.
In this project we will investigate how the diversity
of food-borne parasitic infections has changed
with cultural and dietary habits, hunting practice
and intensity of animal husbandry. This is done by
isolating and typing ancient DNA remains from
parasite eggs found in archeological samples from
across Denmark.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date28 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventSpring Symposium of the Danish Society for Parasitology: Parasites in an ever changing world - Frederiksberg, Denmark
Duration: 28 Mar 201428 Mar 2014


ConferenceSpring Symposium of the Danish Society for Parasitology

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