A Gift From The Gods

A Gift From The Gods
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Friday, July 2, 2010

Molecular cloning of Ancient Egyptian mummy DNA

I happened to come upon a very interesting Swedish article with the heading above.  Check it out below and tell me what you think.  For references, click on the link below.

Nature 314, 644 - 645 (18 April 1985); doi:10.1038/314644a0

Svante Pääbo
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v314/n6012/abs/314644a0.html

Department of Cell Research, The Wallenberg Laboratory, University of Uppsala, Box 562, S-75122 Uppsala, Sweden and Institute of Egyptology, Gustavianum, University of Uppsala, S-75120 Uppsala, Sweden
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Artificial mummification was practised in Egypt from 2600 BC until the fourth century AD. Because of the dry Egyptian climate, however, there are also many natural mummies preserved from earlier as well as later times. To elucidate whether this unique source of ancient human remains can be used for molecular genetic analyses, 23 mummies were investigated for DNA content. One 2,400-yr-old mummy of a child was found to contain DNA that could be molecularly cloned in a plasmid vector. I report here that one such clone contains two members of the Alu family of human repetitive DNA sequences, as detected by DNA hybridizations and nucleotide sequencing. These analyses show that substantial pieces of mummy DNA (3.4 kilobases) can be cloned and that the DNA fragments seem to contain little or no modifications introduced postmortem.
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In essence, the arid air in the desert was not only perfect for preserving human remains and in some cases, animal and plant remains, it has also proved to be perfect for preserving DNA.  Thus, human mummified remains can easily be cloned.  Was this what the Ancient Egyptians or Kemites had in mind when they taught of living forever in the Beautiful Roads of the West
I know that the goal of some scientists is to clone a whole fully functional human being.  I would not be surprised if they have already begun attempting to clone Pharaoh Tutankhamun himself.  Can you imagine the Ancients walking the Earth again?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

A very interesting concept. I wonder how much such a thing could tell us about the mind and spirit, if anything. One would assume a newly cloned Pharaoh or other ancient royal would simply be as a new born of today, susceptible to whatever environment they were "born" into. But perhaps not.

Wouldn't it be something if their minds and/or souls were steeped in that ancient time and they had to adjust to this new time (hopefully easier that Encino Man). What we could learn from them. And, what it would tell us about our own thoughts of the past, lives lived and why we have the interests we do.

Used wisely, such knowledge could unify humanity. But the grave dangers of ignorance could lead to fear and violence against these different "persons." Some things never change.

Now there's an idea for a book.

One of the concerns I have always had for the human ace is that we never seem to advance emotionally in pace with our ever expanding technical capabilities. And that is a very scary formula.

by Ambrosia and Epiphany said...

It really is a scary formula-to have more power due to technological advances yet still wallowing in ignorance.

But it would be really interesting to have these ancients "reborn". Maybe this is what the wise ones had in mind when they created the whole mummification process and the original plans of living forever.

Anonymous said...

rebirth - reincarnation or time travel? breeding anarchy by the one who holds the power - experiments - segregation - I can think of too many things that could go wrong and only one positive - wisdom to teach/learn by.

V