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But other viruses, including influenza and variola (pox) have been found in archaeological human remains as much as 400 years old, and Mühlemann says that others like herpes viruses, parvoviruses, and adenoviruses might be good candidates.
Additional testing of the variola samples is under way to determine if the material in the vials is viable (i.e., can grow in tissue culture).
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