As palaeopathologists, we could not agree more with AbdulRahman A Saied and colleagues' statement that “[a]nalysis of historical specimens will deepen our understanding of virus evolution, enhancing our ability to predict and interpret the impact of various genetic changes.”1 We also value their reference to the potential antiquity of coronaviruses, as their evolutionary history probably extends further back in time than previously estimated. However, caution should be implemented when attributing the power of such strong predictions to the field of palaeopathology, since the histories of certain infectious diseases are far from being completely elucidated; this proves even truer for ancient Egypt.

Galassi F.M., Habicht M.E., Varotto E. (2023). The predictive power of palaeopathology. THE LANCET MICROBE, 4(6), 391-391 [10.1016/S2666-5247(23)00060-5].

The predictive power of palaeopathology

Varotto E.
2023-01-01

Abstract

As palaeopathologists, we could not agree more with AbdulRahman A Saied and colleagues' statement that “[a]nalysis of historical specimens will deepen our understanding of virus evolution, enhancing our ability to predict and interpret the impact of various genetic changes.”1 We also value their reference to the potential antiquity of coronaviruses, as their evolutionary history probably extends further back in time than previously estimated. However, caution should be implemented when attributing the power of such strong predictions to the field of palaeopathology, since the histories of certain infectious diseases are far from being completely elucidated; this proves even truer for ancient Egypt.
2023
Settore MED/02 - Storia Della Medicina
Settore L-ANT/10 - Metodologie Della Ricerca Archeologica
Settore BIO/08 - Antropologia
Galassi F.M., Habicht M.E., Varotto E. (2023). The predictive power of palaeopathology. THE LANCET MICROBE, 4(6), 391-391 [10.1016/S2666-5247(23)00060-5].
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