Researchers performed genetic analyses on 11 royal Egyptian mummies from about 1400 BC – thought to be related to King Tutankhamen – and five more royal Egyptian mummies roughly a century older. They looked for indications of infectious disease, inherited disorders, and close blood relationships. King Tutankhamen’s parents were identified, and four mummies contained genes specific to Plasmodium falciparum – the oldest genetic proof of malaria in precisely dated mummies. Overall, a five-generation family tree, showing relationships between members of Tutankhamun’s immediate family, was unraveled.
Did You Know? King Tutankhamen inherited the throne of Egypt when he was only 8- or 9-years old and died 10 years later.