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Sunday, June 27, 2010


In a letter sent to JAMA magazine, Christian Timmann and Christian Meyer (Bernhard Nocht Institute Tropical for Medicine/Hamburg, Germany), suggest that sickle cell disease (SCD), was the cause of death of Tutankhamun, king of Egypt that died at 19 years (1324 years B.C), after having reigned during 9 years. This way, the german researchers contradict the hypothesis of the egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass (JAMA, vol 303, p 638) who suggested the existence of an inherited bony disorder, to which a malaria attack was added. Hawass based his hypothesis on the existence of severe avascular bone necrosis and detection of genes of Plasmodium falciparum in bone remains of Tutankhamun. Other elements are the endemicity of the parasite in ancient Egypt and the fact that young king's parents were kindred.


En una carta enviada a la revista JAMA, Christian Timmann y Christian Meyer (Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine/ Hamburg, Germany), sugieren a la hemoglobinopatía sickle cell disease (SCD), como causa de la muerte del joven rey de Egipto Tutankamon. Rey que falleció a los 19 años (1324 años a.C), tras haber reinado durante 9 años. Los investigadores alemanes contradicen asi la hipótesis del arqueólogo Zahi Hawass (JAMA, vol 303, p 638), quien sugirio la existencia de un desorden oseo heredado, al que se añadio un mortal ataque de malaria. Hawass baso su hipótesis en la existencia de necrosis osea severa y en la detección de genes de Plasmodium falciparum. Elementos de soporte a su hipótesis son la endemicidad del parasito en el antiguo Egipto y el que los padres del joven rey eran parientes.



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