Science & Technology
DNA reveals secrets of Oetzi the Iceman
By T.K. Randall
March 1, 2012 · 10 comments
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Scientists have been investigating what some are calling the world's oldest ever murder case.
The 5,300-year-old remains of Oetzi were found frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991, the unusually high level of preservation made it possible to learn a great deal about his life and his death in remarkable detail. By studying his DNA experts have been able to determine that he was lactose intolerant and was predisposed to heart disease, but it wasn't either of these things that killed him - Oetzi met his untimely demise through far more sinister means.
New clues have emerged in what could be described as the world's oldest murder case: that of Oetzi the "Iceman", whose 5,300-year-old body was discovered frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991.
Source: BBC News
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