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Scientists discover Hepatitis B in 4,500-year-old skeleton

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Scientists discover Hepatitis B in 4,500-year-old skeleton
Traces of hepatitis B extracted from a 4,500-year-old skeleton provide the oldest evidence of a human virus ever found. The extinct strain shows that the cause of potentially lethal liver disease that affects millions of people worldwide today was active in the Bronze Age. British scientists who made the "truly remarkable" discovery compared it to finding the first fossils. Previously the oldest detected human viruses dated back around 450 years and most have been no more than 50 years old.
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