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Meriam van Os

Position
PhD Student
Department
Department of Anatomy
Qualifications
BSc (Forensic Science) DipGrad (Anthropology)
Research summary
Using ancient DNA techniques to study pathogens from the past
Memberships
New Zealand Archaeological Association

Research

Infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis and treponemal diseases, have been plaguing human populations for millennia. New advanced DNA technologies and improved ancient DNA protocols make it now possible to detect and analyse pathogens from ancient human remains, providing information about the pathogen’s origin, transmission routes and evolutionary history.

However, because previous studies have mainly focused on Europe, Africa and the Americas, there is a gap in our knowledge about disease histories in the Asia-Pacific region. Therefore, we are developing and applying ancient DNA technologies to study disease in past Asian-Pacific populations.

Publications

Borry, M., Forsythe, A., Andrades Valtueña, A., Hübner, A., Ibrahim, A., Quagliariello, A., … van Os, M., … Fellows Yates, J. A. (2023). Facilitating accessible, rapid, and appropriate processing of ancient metagenomic data with AMDirT. F1000Research, 12, 926. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.134798.1

Borry, M., Forsythe, A., Andrades Valtueña, A., Hübner, A., Ibrahim, A., Quagliariello, A., … van Os, M., … Fellows Yates, J. A. (2023). Facilitating accessible, rapid, and appropriate processing of ancient metagenomic data with AMDirT. F1000Research, 12, 926. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.134798.1

Journal - Research Article

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