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DNA Solves the Mystery of What Killed King Tut

DNA Solves the Mystery of What Killed King Tut
DNA Solves the Mystery of What Killed King Tut
DNA Solves the Mystery of What Killed King Tut
DNA Solves the Mystery of What Killed King Tut
DNA Solves the Mystery of What Killed King Tut
DNA Solves the Mystery of What Killed King Tut
DNA Solves the Mystery of What Killed King Tut
DNA Solves the Mystery of What Killed King Tut
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Another installment in my History's Mysteries articles. This one is so very interesting! King Tut's story is full of intrigue and wonderment. He was only 19 when he died, and for years, archeologists thought he was murdered with a blow to the head. But with the 2005 CT scans and 2010 DNA testing, they were able to find out what most probably killed him. Besides an infected fracture of the leg, Tut had Malaria and possibly epilepsy. The article goes into detail about the life cycle of Plasmodium falciparum (which causes Malaria) and about how they were able to get DNA from Tut and other mummies. There is a discussion about his family tree and how, because of the DNA tests, we can surmise that Tut was a product of incest. Be sure to read the article first, and see if you need to talk to your students about incest and inbreeding first. It might be more appropriate for mature students.
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