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The Elephant Man's DNA to be analysed

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:44 PM

For over a century scientists have been baffled by what caused the terrible disfigurement of the Elephant Man Joseph Merrick.

But now they will attempt to unlock the secret of his suffering by analysing DNA from his bones - and hope to finally diagnose his condition.

Researchers intend to carry out tests next month to discover, if possible, Merrick's genome sequence which will highlight any gene alteration.

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#2    None of the above

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 03:18 PM

I'm guessing they won't find any Elephant DNA in him at all!
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 03:25 PM

http://www.bloomberg...study-says.html

To here those guys tell it,they already know ? But of course they're now linking it to cancer,and have all new drugs cor it .

In any case,I know someone who had a form of this disease. Her growths ,grew inward however .The growths pressed on all her nerves and inner organs .
She slowly went blind,then was wheelchair bound,then bed ridden ....and well...yeah .
She was a sweet lady .

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 09:56 AM

I thought they already did this via hair and his ancestors, and found out all his male ancestors have the same mutation but it only appears as small bumps on their scalps?



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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:03 PM

Wasn't he already diagnosed?


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:23 PM

Just another study to keep lame scientists employed,rather than use the money for something that is actually worthwhile and helpful .

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:27 PM

I agree with king fluffs, I read somewhere that he suffered from a few genetic mutations... cant remember the exact names of them though.


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 10:04 PM

I thought we've been able to sequence genomes for... quite a few years now. And we're just THINKING of doing tests like this NOW?? So what have we been doing up until now then? Found a cure for cancer and AIDS? Or....


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:17 PM

I wonder what a 'Google self-diagnosis' would have come up with for him...




View PostZirna, on 20 August 2012 - 07:27 PM, said:

I agree with king fluffs

As would any man (well woman in this case) worth his salt!

Edited by Junior Chubb, 20 August 2012 - 11:19 PM.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:55 PM

I heard on TV that they think he had Proteus syndrome, plus neurofibramatosis, possibly.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:02 AM

me too


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Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:15 PM

I read that he was just a right ugly punter.  (only saying)


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Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:52 PM

View PostEldorado, on 21 August 2012 - 12:15 PM, said:

I read that he was just a right ugly punter.  (only saying)

I would have gone for Munter myself...

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:06 PM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 21 August 2012 - 11:52 PM, said:

I would have gone for Munter myself...
I considered it.. but I'm so old I don't know if "munter" is feminine.  Decided to stay safe with punter.  :)


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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:12 PM

View PostEldorado, on 21 August 2012 - 12:15 PM, said:

I read that he was just a right ugly punter.  (only saying)

He was evil in his last life so God punished him.

Really, really evil by the look of things





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