A shipload of consequences: studying the impact of Old World diseases on native South American populations via ancient DNA [ 2010 - 2012 ]

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Researchers Dr W Haak; Dr B Llamas; Dr L Quintana-Murci; Prof AL Hughes

Brief description This pioneering project will give the first real-time picture of the genetic changes induced by epidemics in human populations. This will reveal important new information about the likely impact of future epidemics on the genetic diversity of the immune system in modern human populations and will be of substantial use in building epidemiological models. By proposing to combine state-of-the-art science with global problems of humanity, we will address Australia's interests in expanding scientific expertise beyond its borders and place Australia at the leading edge of disease impact studies.

Funding Amount $360,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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