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Research Article

Molecular Exploration of the First-Century Tomb of the Shroud in Akeldama, Jerusalem

  • Carney D. Matheson mail,

    cmatheso@lakeheadu.ca

    Affiliations: Paleo-DNA Laboratory, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada, Department of Anthropology, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel

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  • Kim K. Vernon,

    Affiliations: Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel, Department of Anthropology, Department of Zoology, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia

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  • Arlene Lahti,

    Affiliations: Paleo-DNA Laboratory, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada, Department of Biology, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada

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  • Renee Fratpietro,

    Affiliation: Paleo-DNA Laboratory, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada

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  • Mark Spigelman,

    Affiliations: Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel, Department of Infection, University College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Shimon Gibson,

    Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Charles L. Greenblatt,

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel

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  • Helen D. Donoghue

    Affiliation: Department of Infection, University College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Published: December 16, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008319

About the Authors

Carney D. Matheson, Arlene Lahti, Renee Fratpietro
Paleo-DNA Laboratory, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada
Carney D. Matheson
Department of Anthropology, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada
Carney D. Matheson, Kim K. Vernon, Mark Spigelman, Charles L. Greenblatt
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
Kim K. Vernon
Department of Anthropology, Department of Zoology, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia
Arlene Lahti
Department of Biology, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada
Mark Spigelman, Helen D. Donoghue
Department of Infection, University College London, London, United Kingdom
Shimon Gibson
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: cmatheso@lakeheadu.ca

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CDM CLG HDD. Performed the experiments: CDM KKV AL RF HDD. Analyzed the data: CDM KKV RF HDD. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MS CLG. Wrote the paper: CDM KKV. Excavated the material for analysis: SG.