Tomb Detectives

Season 1 Episode 6

Plague Mummies

Aired Unknown Jun 28, 2009 on Smithsonian Channel
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Plague Mummies
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Nearly two hundred perfectly preserved mummies have been found in a church crypt in the Hungarian town of Vac. One in particular could be the key to curing Tuberculosis and is now stored in the Natural History Museum in Budapest. A team led by Dr Mark Spigelman, expert on ancient bacteria, tests the mummies to extract the DNA. The information gleaned from this ancient DNA could provide information that will help fight this killer disease. The team’s pioneering techniques may also help in the search for cures for other illnesses.moreless

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