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Quinta-feira, Fevereiro 18, 2010

Tutankhamon: malária e anomalias ósseas

:: Faraó Tutancâmon morreu de malária e infecção óssea, diz estudo - G1: 16/02/10 - 20h45 - Atualizado em 17/02/10 - 11h36
O faraó egípcio Tutancâmon pode ter morrido de malária combinada com uma rara infecção nos ossos, sugere um estudo publicado terça-feira (16) na revista científica "Journal of the American Medical Association" (JAMA)...

:: Estudo aponta Malária como causa da morte de Tutankamon - Ciência Hoje: 17/02/2010
Morreu aos 19 anos, não deixou herdeiros e nas estátuas tem aparência feminina. Já muito se especulou sobre as doenças, a possível causa de morte e quem seriam os familiares directos do faraó egípcio Tutankamon. Parte da verdade pode ter sido encontrada graças à utilização de vários métodos científicos, incluindo análises genéticas, antropológicas e radiológicas, que analisaram a sua múmia e outras 10 relacionadas de alguma forma com o jovem faraó. Todos os resultados fazem parte de um projecto iniciado há dois anos entitulado A Família Real Tutankamon e liderado por Zahi Hawass, do Egyptian Mummy Project...

:: Ancestry and pathology in Tutankhamun's family - by Andie, Egyptology News: February 17, 2010
My inbox and my news alerts have all gone mad with the news about the Tutankhamun DNA results released by the Supreme Council of Antitquities... I have tried to avoid excessive duplication but here are the main themes from all the pieces that I have read so far. See the links below for the full stories. All the stories take their data from the Journal of the American Medical Association...

:: 'Malaria and weak bones' may have killed Tutankhamun - BBC News: Tuesday, 16 February 2010
The Egyptian "boy king" Tutankhamun may well have died of malaria after the disease ravaged a body crippled by a rare bone disorder, experts say. The findings could lay to rest conspiracy theories of murder. The scientists in Egypt spent the last two years scrutinising the mummified remains of the 19-year old pharaoh to extract his blood and DNA. This revealed traces of the malaria parasite in his blood, the Journal of the American Medical Association says...

:: Ancestry and Pathology in King Tutankhamun's Family - JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association - Vol. 303 No. 7, February 17, 2010
(...) 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 pharmacy in his tomb...


:: Tutankhamun - The New Findings - by Kate Phizackerley, News from the Valley of the Kings: February 17, 2010
I'll pop another post on News from the Valley of the Kings tomorrow following the press confernce but for now I'll just recap the findings as they are being reported in advance of the press conference. Refer to my earlier posts for links to articles in support of these...

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