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King Tutankhamun died from broken leg made worse by malaria

A DNA study revealed today the 19-year-old died from complications from a broken leg that was exacerbated by malaria. The study is based on two years of DNA testing and CT scans of 16 mummies, including Tutankhamun's. It has managed to identify a number of mummies from King Tut's family tree. These include 'KV35EL' - or Tiye and the KV55 mummy, which is probably Akhenaten, father of Tutankhamun. A mummy previously known as KV35YL is likely to be Tutankhamun's mother, although her identity is still shrouded in mystery.

Egypt to soon announce King Tut DNA test results

Egypt will soon reveal the results of DNA tests made on Pharaoh Tutankhamun, to answer lingering mysteries over his lineage, the antiquities department said. Speaking at a conference, archaeology chief Zahi Hawass said he would announce the results of the DNA tests and the CAT scans on Feb. 17. The results will be compared to those made of King Amenhotep III, who may have been Tutankamun's grandfather.

DNA tests on mummy show TB killed ancient Egyptian

The remains are of a woman, Irtyersenu, who died in Thebes around 600 BC, aged about 50. The results suggest that TB infection had spread from her lungs to the rest of her body – so-called disseminated TB. In ancient Egypt, this would have been fatal.

Egypt Opens Second DNA Lab for Mummies

Cairo University inaugurated a new DNA lab to find clues of mummies' family links. The lab is the second of its kind in Egypt. The priority of the new lab, said Hawass, is "to study the family tree of Tutankhamun, as we do not know who was his father, and where his mother's mummy was buried. We will announce key information about Tutankhamun's family link next August, after comparing the results from the two labs"

Tutankhamun's Father identified

An inscribed limestone block found in a storeroom at el Ashmunein shows that Tutankhamun was the child of Akhenaten. The stone block was used in the construction of the temple of Thoth during the reign of Ramesses II. See also:

Egypt’s First Laboratory for Ancient DNA Analysis

Applied Biosystems, an Applera Corporation business, is collborating with the Discovery Channel and Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities to establish the first laboratory in Egypt dedicated to testing ancient DNA samples. The laboratory, which is located in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, began testing samples from ancient royal mummies from the 18th Dynasty in April as part of a project to identify the mummy of Hatshepsut, Egypt’s most famous female pharaoh.

DNA Tests on Mummies from Valley of Kings

Three mummies have been moved from the Valley of the Kings in Luxor to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to begin extensive studies of their origins, Egyptian authorities recently announced. Two female mummies found in a tomb known as KV21 and one male mummy found outside the tomb of Pharaoh Seti II, who ruled Egypt from 1200 to 1194 B.C., will undergo CAT scans and DNA analysis. The project is a five-year plan launched by Hawass to test and catalog the DNA of every mummy in the country.

Another Report about the Mummy of Thutmosis I.

CT-scans indicate that the mummy belongs to a young man who was not placed in the royal pose of mummification and had the remains of an arrow embedded in his chest, implying that he had been killed. Tuthmosis I (c. 1506-1493 BC) is known to have died of natural causes. Until now the mummy of Tuthmosis I was assumed to be known. However, not only are the pose and the cause of death wrong, but the dates don't fit. The mummy thought to have been that of the Pharaoh is that of a man who died at the age of 30, making it impossible for him to be Hatshepsut's father since she died when she was 50.

Egypt planning DNA test for 3,500-year-old mummy

Egypt plans to conduct a DNA test on a 3,500-year-old mummy to determine if it is King Thutmose I. Hawass said a mummy on display in the Egyptian Museum that was purported for many years to be Thutmose I was not actually the ancient ruler's remains.

DNA tests seem to identify Queen Hatshepsut Mummy

Preliminary results from DNA tests carried out on a mummy believed to be Queen Hatshepsut is expected to support the claim by Egyptian authorities that the remains are indeed those of Egypt’s most powerful female ruler. Dr Angelique Corthals, a biomedical Egyptologist at the University of Manchester (UK), says that DNA tests she helped carry out with colleagues at the National Research Centre in Cairo have promising preliminary results suggesting the identity of the queen.

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