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Tut &c.: The results- Abstract Text from American Journa

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:50 am    Post subject: Tut &c.: The results- Abstract Text from American Journa Reply with quote

<b>Results</b> Genetic fingerprinting allowed the construction of a 5-generation pedigree of Tutankhamun's immediate lineage. The KV55 mummy and KV35YL were identified as the parents of Tutankhamun. No signs of gynecomastia and craniosynostoses (eg, Antley-Bixler syndrome) or Marfan syndrome were found, but an accumulation of malformations in Tutankhamun's family was evident. Several pathologies including Köhler disease II were diagnosed in Tutankhamun; none alone would have caused death. Genetic testing for STEVOR, AMA1, or MSP1 genes specific for Plasmodium falciparum revealed indications of malaria tropica in 4 mummies, including Tutankhamun’s. These results suggest avascular bone necrosis in conjunction with the malarial infection as the most likely cause of death in Tutankhamun. Walking impairment and malarial disease sustained by Tutankhamun is supported by the discovery of canes and an afterlife *** in his tomb.

<b>Conclusion</b> Using a multidisciplinary scientific approach, we showed the feasibility of gathering data on Pharaonic kinship and diseases and speculated about individual causes of death.

Abstract (verbatim) courtesy of The Journal of American medical Association, full-text available on-line payable by subscription and/or one-time/one-use payment, at http://jama.ama-assn.org/
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will move this to the Amarna section:
http://forum.egyptiandreams.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=4848
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