Blood From 500-Year Old Mummy May Hold Cure For Modern Diseases. Must Read


A 500-year old mummy called “the Maiden” may hold the cure for modern diseases.

According to scientists, the bacteria found in the Maiden, who suffered from lung disease, is “similar” to Mycobacterium found in tuberculosis. 

Because of these new findings, experts can now predict how infectious diseases like Spanish flu evolved and find a cure for respiratory diseases today. They can also prevent deadly ones from re-emerging.

While experts had tested mummies before, this is the first time they had a clear sample of the bacteria’s protein strand.

The Maiden was dug out from a snowy peak of Llullaillaco Volcano in Argentina in 1999. Experts believed that the cold temperature helped preserve the mummy. U.S. archeologist and expedition member Johan Reinhard said, “The doctors have been shaking their heads and saying they sure don't look 500 years old but as if they'd died a few weeks ago.” 

The mummy was believed to be a sacrificial maiden of the Incas. Reinhard argued that Incas the Maiden wasn’t sacrificed to appease the gods, but “‘to enter the realm of the gods and live in paradise with them. It was considered a great honor.”

Blood From 500-Year Old Mummy May Hold Cure For Modern Diseases. Must Read


Blood From 500-Year Old Mummy May Hold Cure For Modern Diseases. Must Read

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