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From: "Maureen Brady" <>
Subject: Correction: 1918 Re: [ZA] Re: Influenza epidemic 1818. (Eva/Krotoa & Pieter van Meerhof).
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2005 17:37:37 +0200
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Probably just a typo, but as all our messages go into archives, let's keep
The M&G article "Killer 1918 virus exhumed" mentions that the recreation
process involved, among others, tissue samples "isolated from the lungs of a
woman victim whose body had later frozen in the Alaskan permafrost". Now
that I have my copy of the M&G before me, I also see that the "Guardian"
article itself was reporting on an article from the prestigious journal
----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred MacKay" <>
Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2005 12:51 PM
Subject: [ZA] Re: Influenza epidemic 1818. (Eva/Krotoa & Pieter van
> Hi! there Maureen,
> Just to confirm your comments about this article in the paper you
> yes there was a concerted effort by scientists to obtain the DNA from
> victims of the influenza epidemic in 1818.
> Back in the summer (2005 Northern hemisphere) there was an expedition to
> Northern Norway to exhume body (ies) from graves, (I think it was Narvik)
> who were known to have had this type of flu.
> The reason for going there is that it is always so cold there the graves
> stayed frozen or near frozen, and these bodies would have a DNA, which
> give the best source of DNA after so long.
> This was quoted on UK TV as part of the evening news.
> Best wishes,
> Unless specifically stated otherwise in this message, there is no
> attachment on this e-mail transmission.
> Be yourself because no one else is qualified.
> >From Cumbernauld, Scotland
> E-Mail: -
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Maureen Brady" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2005 11:28 AM
> Subject: Re: Eva/Krotoa & Pieter van Meerhof
> > Same problem here, Delia! Although I do remember some of our more
> > interesting
> > debates, like the one about the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic -- which
> > reminds me, there's an interesting article in yesterday's "Mail &
> > Guardian"
> > newspaper (which should also be available soon on their website --
> > www.mg.co.za) about how scientists have resurrected this virus, and the
> > frightening consequences it might have. The story was lifted from the
> > British "Guardian", a most respectable source, so it's not just
> > sensational
> > scaremongering.
> > Regards
> > Maureen
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Delia Robertson" <>
> > To: <>
> > Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2005 6:34 AM
> > Subject: Re: Eva/Krotoa & Pieter van Meerhof
> >> Hi Maureen,
> >> At 02:21 PM 2005/10/14, you wrote:
> >> >Hi Delia
> >> >Given your long association with this List, I'd be surprised if you
> >> >don't
> >> >recall how often in the past I've mentioned that I'm a descendant of
> >> >this
> >> >union myself.
> >> Forgive me, but I don't recall . . . . hehe sometimes I have a problem
> >> remembering my own ancestors!
> >> >snip
> >> > Now I'm curious to see just how many cousins I can connect with
> >> >through the List, and to begin to build a database of all these
> >> >interconnections, although I have yet to work out how I'm going to
> > with
> >> >the technical challenge this will involve! I need hardly point out
> >> >a
> >> >massive undertaking this will be. I have no clear vision of where this
> >> >project may lead; all I can do is make a start.
> >> Lovely idea.
> >> Delia Robertson.
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