Full genome of Otzi the Iceman is published

By Ed Yong | February 28, 2012 11:00 am

After years of anticipation, the full genome of Otzi the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy found in the Alps, has finally been published. The genome reveals that Otzi carried a large genomic region known as the ‘Y chromosome’, which significantly increases the risk of traipsing about in the a*se-end of nowhere with very little protective clothing, and getting shot by arrows.

Image © South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

[For a more serious take, see here. And as Carl Zimmer notes, I’m suffering from YAGS]

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Comments (4)

  1. Jim Johnson
  2. shibby

    I used to be a nomad adventurer like yourself, until I took an arrow to the knee.

  3. Cameron Turner

    Ha ha! I love it Ed. Your post is the best product of ‘Ole Pruneface’s genome to date. Of course it will eventually cure cancer and heart disease . . . your post, that is.

  4. Daniel J. Andrews

    The genome reveals that Otzi carried a large genomic region known as the ‘Y chromosome’, which significantly increases the risk of traipsing about in the a*se-end of nowhere with very little protective clothing, and getting shot by arrows.

    Dang! That’s my problem. No-one has shot me with arrows yet, but forewarned is forearmed.

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