Iceman Oetzi’s DNA sheds light on health risks

March 1st, 2012 - 8:42 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Mar 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists have been able to put together the full genome of Oetzi. This has led to new revelation about the health and life of the 5,300-year-old body.

The full genome of the Oetzi was been published in the Nature Communications.

Giving the full biological profile of Oetzi, the scientists identified that he had a brown eye, had an “O” blood type and was prone to heart disease. Oetzi may represent the first patients infected by the Lyme bacteria, according to the data provided by the scientists.

Albert Zink, from the Eurac Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano, Italy told reporters that, “We’ve been studying the Iceman for 20 years. We know so many things about him - where he lived, how he died - but very little was known about his genetics, the genetic information he was carrying around.”

Oetzi was found at the Italian Alps in 1991. When it was found, the body was frozen and it has been the subject of many studies in the science world. Due to the exceptional nature that the body was preserved, scientists were able to study the DNA structure. This has helped scientists to reconstruct what Oetzi may have looked at the time of its death.

Scientists say they will continue to learn more about the body.

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