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Tutankhamen died of malaria and bone infection
After 2 years of study, researchers found that the most famous pharaoh of ancient Egypt, Tutankhamen, died of malaria and bone infection.
The study conducted between September 2007 and October 2009 was initially intended to determine kinship and blood ties, as well as the existence of hereditary pathological features between Tutankhamen and the other 10 mummies analyzed, which are apparently members of the XVIII royal family. dynasty, explains Zahi Hawass, a member of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, who is responsible for Egyptian antiquities at the Cairo museum and the study's lead author.
Tutankhamun's face mummified
Using various scientific methods such as CT scans and DNA analysis of the pharaoh's mummy found in 1922, in carrying out this study, the researchers came to the conclusion that the legendary young pharaoh Tutankhamen, who mysteriously died at age 19 and over More than 3,000 years old, with poor health and a rare bone-weakening disease, the study also found that days before he died, Pharaoh fell and fractured his left leg.
"These results suggest that poor blood circulation in the bone tissues, which weakened and destroyed part of the bone, combined with malaria, was the most likely cause of Tutankhamun's death.", explains Zahi Hawass, with work published in the journal of the American Medical Association (Jama) in the February 17 issue.
From the examinations it was revealed that Tutankamon's family had a series of malformations, such as Köhler's disease that destroys bone cells and also the presence of genes linked to the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, responsible for malaria in four studied mummies. , among them Tutankhamen's.
In the scientific field, the study seems to open the door to a new research approach in Pharaonic period and molecular genealogy.