|Ötzi, The Iceman, Cometh...|
Thanks goes out to Joanne, from the Looking At Lyme Disease blog for posting about an article from National Geographic on the Iceman, a mummified man who had died over 5,000 years ago and has been a treasure trove of information for scientists ever since.
The original article is found here:
Iceman Autopsy - Unfrozen: There was only one way scientists could unlock the mystery of the famous Iceman. Take away his ice.
Source Link: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/11/iceman-autopsy/hall-text
The entire article outlines the process of extracting and examining tissues and food from within the mummy - an interesting read in itself. But the part that will stand out for Lyme disease patients is this bit:
"Perhaps most surprising, researchers found the genetic footprint of bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi in his DNA—making the Iceman the earliest known human infected by the bug that causes Lyme disease."It would be interesting to know exactly which Borrelia burgdorferi strain was found and in which tissue sample(s) it was found.
And reflecting on this, this indicates that Borrelia burgdorferi has been around for a long time and in Europe for a long time.
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