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Otzi the Iceman: Non-human DNA found in hip bone of 5,300-year-old mummy

from International Business Times

Much of what is known about Otzi the Iceman, who lived thousands of years ago, stems from a tiny bone sample preserved in a glacier in the Otztal Alps, which allowed researchers to decode his genetic makeup. Now, scientists have further analysed the hip bone and discovered it contains non-human DNA. Researchers from the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano and the University of Vienna have found evidence for the presence of Treponema denticola, an opportunistic pathogen involved in the development of periodontal disease. more


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