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From: Steven Bird <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] King Tutankhamun's Y-DNA - Eureka!
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 12:45:11 -0500
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Larry and Dan,

I thought about that too, but Tut was being tested in one facility while mystery mummy #55 (Akhenatan) was being tested in another. Normally in this situation (aDNA), protocols are established to avoid contamination and the DNA of everyone working on the project is also taken so that any contamination could be detected.

I had also thought about the possibility of contamination from one of the British excavators many years ago having gotten into the samples extracted. That could conceivably affect both (or all) of the tested mummies.


> Contamination could also be the case.
> Cheers,
> Dan
> -------Original Message-------
> From: Lawrence Mayka
> Date: 18/02/2010 9:41:20 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [DNA] King Tutankhamun's Y-DNA - Eureka!
> The problem is that the haplotype is not just R1b, but clearly R1b1b2.
> Indeed, suspiciously so. Contamination?

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