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Tutankhamun 'killed by malaria'

17th February 2010

Experts say that Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun may have died of malaria.

Scientists in Egypt have spent the last two years examining the mummified remains of the king, who died aged 19, to extract blood and DNA. The results, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, revealed traces of the malaria parasite in his blood. The findings may help solve the mystery of why the boy king – whose tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings in1922 - died so young.


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