Discovering human history from stomach bacteria
Department of Anthropology, New York University, 25 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10003, USA
Genome Biology 2003, 4:213 doi:10.1186/gb-2003-4-5-213Published: 28 April 2003
Recent analyses of human pathogens have revealed that their evolutionary histories are congruent with the hypothesized pattern of ancient and modern human population migrations. Phylogenetic trees of strains of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and the polyoma JC virus taken from geographically diverse groups of human beings correlate closely with relationships of the populations in which they are found.