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Lost genetic history of Inca child mummy

Genetics Inca Argentina 500 years ago

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12 November 2015

 

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Scientists have unravelled part of the genetic code of a child who was sacrificed in a ritual ceremony by the Inca civilisation 500 years ago.

The boy's mummified remains were discovered on an Argentinean mountain.

Analysis of his mitochondrial DNA, which is passed from mother to child, showed that the boy's closest living relatives are in Peru and Bolivia.

He belonged to a population of native South Americans that almost disappeared after the Spanish conquest.

Researchers in Spain were given permission to extract mitochondrial DNA from the seven-year-old boy to study part of his genome.

By comparing his genetic code with hundreds of thousands of samples held in genetic databases, they found his genetic profile was very rare.

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-34798810


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Maybe a bit out of context, but every time I read something like this, I'm always amazed at the fact that advanced primates are somehow able to decipher something so impossibly complex and miniscule, all due to the gradual power of evolution. :)
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Maybe a bit out of context, but every time I read something like this, I'm always amazed at the fact that advanced primates are somehow able to decipher something so impossibly complex and miniscule, all due to the gradual power of evolution. :)

 

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“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.”

 

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