Saturday, June 14, 2008

Egypt’s First Laboratory for Ancient DNA Analysis


Applied Biosystems, an Applera Corporation business, is collborating with the Discovery Channel and Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities to establish the first laboratory in Egypt dedicated to testing ancient DNA samples.

The laboratory, which is located in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, began testing samples from ancient royal mummies from the 18th Dynasty in April as part of a project to identify the mummy of Hatshepsut, Egypt’s most famous female pharaoh.The initial findings will be revealed in a two-hour documentary titled "Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen", which premiers Sunday, July 15 on the Discovery Channel.

The primary purpose of the new DNA laboratory is to assist in the identification of the mummy of Hatshepsut, as well as other mummies that have been removed from their original tombs, and to clarify familial relationships within and between Egypt’s ancient dynasties. This is the first time DNA testing has been used in the quest to identify an ancient Egyptian pharaoh.

“By providing this technology to Egypt, Applied Biosystems is helping to advance science and bring our dead pharaohs back to life,” said Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. “A basement that was once a maze of artifacts is now a cutting-edge scientific lab, the first of its kind dedicated to revealing the mysteries of our mummies.”

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great news I also like your pic :)

Andie said...

I'm glad that you like the news but I must say the pic always makes me wince! But a number of people asked me to put one up, so there it is. I merely avert my eyes when I'm checking the page :-)

Anonymous said...

lol : pic gone where is it?

Andie said...

It's still there! I've just moved it down to the bottom of the right hand column. I really ought to change it again as everyone says that it looks nothing like me, but I'm afraid that it will have to do!