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Korean Mummy Holds Clues to Disease
!oohaY ^ | Wednesday, Jul 25, 2007 | Jeanna Bryner

Posted on 07/26/2007 8:33:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

The liver of a child mummy preserved for 500 years still holds samples of the hepatitis B virus... Mark Spigelman of the Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem... is a paleo-epidemiologist, who studies ancient diseases found on mummified bodies to shed light on the modern forms of such illnesses. This is the first time hepatitis B has been spotted in a mummified body. In South Korea, 12 percent of the population are hepatitis carriers, more than double the world average. The virus, responsible for about 1 million deaths each year, spreads through contact with an infected person's body fluids, such as blood and semen. The body typically recovers from the infection on its own after a few months, but chronic infections can last a lifetime and cause scarring of the liver, liver cancer or failure. Until recently, scientists didn't think mummies existed in South Korea. A building boom in the country has led to the relocation of many cemeteries and the discovery of mummies... Spigelman is now part of an international team, including experts from the Liver Unit at Hadassah University Hospital-Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, Dankook University, Seoul National University and University College London. The researchers will compare the genome of the 500-year-old virus with today's hepatitis B to see how it evolved over the centuries.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: epidemics; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; hepatitisb; korea; pandemics; plagues; thesniffles

1 posted on 07/26/2007 8:34:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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I've resolved not to make any more stupid mummy jokes. For the time being.

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2 posted on 07/26/2007 8:36:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Thursday, July 26, 2007 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Great, lets hope it’s not still alive.


3 posted on 07/26/2007 8:37:19 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: SunkenCiv
Korean Mummy Holds Clues to Disease

"Professor Spigelman, in the Foyer, with a wrench!"

4 posted on 07/26/2007 8:41:05 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Mummyyyyy,
How I luv ya,
How I luv ya,
My dear ol' mummy!"
5 posted on 07/26/2007 8:51:02 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("It's like being a house elf, but without the job satisfaction.")
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To: SunkenCiv
I've resolved not to make any more stupid mummy jokes

You've wrapped that up nicely.

6 posted on 07/26/2007 9:16:51 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Pray for the deliberately ignorant)
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To: ASA Vet

Ancient mummies have odd relations with the deadies.


7 posted on 07/26/2007 9:21:00 AM PDT by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hepatitis bump


8 posted on 07/26/2007 10:10:05 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Cold Heart

Chicken pox or measles, maybe, but no bump from hepatitis. ;’)


9 posted on 07/26/2007 12:12:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Thursday, July 26, 2007 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Thanks, I knew you would all come through for me, and take a bandage of the opportunity.


10 posted on 07/26/2007 12:15:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Thursday, July 26, 2007 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Well, I guess that wraps the mummy jokes up. Suits me.


11 posted on 07/26/2007 1:46:51 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s just pyramiding. I can’t believe it.


12 posted on 07/26/2007 1:47:55 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: SunkenCiv
If there is a prevalence of some 10 % and at maximum 15 %, assume 10 % will become chronically infected, that would be roughly 1 % of the population in the good old times. Those affected will have a 10 - 25 % risk of dying of liver cancer or cirrhosis, i.e 0.1 - 0.25 %. Al in all I do not think that this was the largest chance to become a mummy.

It will be very interesting to compare the genome with the present HBV.

13 posted on 07/26/2007 2:30:09 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith

HBV?


14 posted on 07/26/2007 10:22:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Thursday, July 26, 2007 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: wildbill

It’s not coffin we get a chance at those.


15 posted on 07/26/2007 10:23:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Thursday, July 26, 2007 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Judith Anne

Oh, the horus!


16 posted on 07/26/2007 10:23:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Thursday, July 26, 2007 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hepatitis B virus (HBV)
http://www.hepatitis-b.org/malady/front/pages/index.jsp?&lang=EN&codeRubrique=3&codePage=HEPATITISB


17 posted on 07/26/2007 11:17:44 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith

Oops, I knew that one... sorry.


18 posted on 07/27/2007 9:58:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Thursday, July 26, 2007 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Renfield
Thanks Renfield.

Korean child mummy holds clues to disease

19 posted on 07/27/2007 11:01:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Thursday, July 26, 2007 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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nope. Only when we get a can o pics, jarring us out of our graveside manner into smiling with a nu biz.


20 posted on 07/27/2007 12:24:46 PM PDT by wildbill
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21 posted on 06/02/2012 7:38:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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