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Thursday February 18, 2010
After more than 3,000 years, modern science is introducing us to a King Tut who was deformed, had a painful bone disorder, a fresh leg fracture and was infected with life-threatening malaria. To top it off, his parents were siblings, he may have married his sister and he likely fathered two stillborn fetuses.

Carsten Pusch, one of only two non-Egyptian scientists asked to help an Egyptian team study 16 royal mummies, including King Tutankhamen, said medical, radiological and genetic investigations revealed the relationships between the mummies and the diseases they had when they died.

"So we have opened a universe," Dr. Pusch said about this new discipline, which they'll call either Molecular Egyptology or Medical Egyptology, in which they apply modern forensic tools to historical Egyptian figures. "We brought them back to life somehow. These are people now."

Ever since Howard Carter discovered the tomb in 1922, there has been endless fascination with the young pharaoh. Tutankhamen ruled for nine years during the 18th dynasty of the New Kingdom, until his life was cut short in 1324 B.C. at the age of 19.

Zahi Hawass from the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt led the groundbreaking study being published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Thanks to the embalming procedures applied by Egyptian priests thousands of years ago, the researchers found viable DNA to construct King Tut's pedigree. His family lineage begins with his great grandparents, Thuya and Yuya. They had a daughter who has now been identified as Queen Tiye, King Tut's grandmother and the wife of Amenhotep III. Source...

King Tut felled by his feet, not his foes
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