Cause Behind Justinianic Plague Uncovered with the Help of Ancient DNA

Justinianic Plague skullLong ago, the plague ravaged Europe. People died by the millions as they succumbed to the sickness; bodies were loaded into mass graves as the survivors attempted to eke out a living. Now, researchers have examined ancient DNA from the remains of plague victims from the 6th century AD to learn a bit more about the phylogeny and the origin of the pandemic that hit the Byzantine Empire.