Mummy genetics study may be prelude to widespread genome mapping of ancient Egyptians

The following is an excerpt.

The ancient Egyptians could soon be getting their genomes sequenced as a matter of routine. That’s the view, at least, of the first researchers to use next-generation techniques to analyse DNA from Egyptian mummies.

In a preliminary study that the authors describe as “a first step”, they detected hints of one of the mummies’ ancestral origins, as well as pathogens and a range of plant materials presumably used in the embalming process. The researchers, led by Carsten Pusch, a geneticist at the University of Tübingen in Germany, published their findings last week in the Journal of Applied Genetics.

Read the full article here: Mummy Genetics Study May Be Prelude To Widespread Genome Mapping Of Ancient Egyptians

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