German researchers says King Tut died from a blood disorder

Published on June 25th, 2010 | by Admin


Recently it was reported that Tutankhamun died from malaria, but a team of researchers believe he was probably killed by a genetic blood disorder: sickle cell disease.

That examination, involving DNA tests and computerised tomography (CT) scans on Tutankhamun’s mummy, said he died of malaria after suffering a fall, putting to rest the theory that he was murdered.

But the German researchers said in a letter published online Wednesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association that closer scrutiny of his foot bones pointed to sickle cell disease, in which red blood cells become dangerously misshaped.

“We question the reliability of the genetic data presented in this (the Egyptian) study and therefore the validity of the authors’ conclusions,” the letter said.

“(The) radiological signs are compatible with osteopathologic lesions seen in sickle cell disease (SCD), a hematological disorder that occurs at gene carrier rates of nine percent to 22 percent in inhabitants of Egyptian oases.”

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