Wednesday, October 5, 2011
King Tut's Hardship
JAMA reports that King Tut - the boy king - suffered from serious bone disease and malaria.
Using genetic fingerprints from Tut and presumed relatives, a family tree revealed history of clubfoot and scoliosis. CAT scans revealed foot deformities, fractured femur, and bone necrosis (foot bone dying due to poor blood circulation). DNA also contained "Plasmodium falciparum" - i.e. Tut and his great-grandparents suffered from malaria.
Researchers think a weak Tut broke his leg which, coupled with malaria, took his life.