Ancestry and Pathology in King Tutankhamun's Family.

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      The article focuses on a study which examined the familial relationships among royal mummies of the New Kingdom in ancient Egypt. The study, which was conducted from September 2007 to October 2009, analyzed the anthropological, radiological and genetic aspects of the royal mummies. Eleven mummies dating from circa 1410 to 1324 B.C. and are suspected of being kindred of Tutankhamun and five dating circa 1550-1479 were utilized in the study. Genetic fingerprinting on the mummies showed five-generation pedigree of Tutankhamun's immediate lineage. Study researchers concluded that their findings proved the feasibility of gathering data on Pharaonic kinship.