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Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

Ötzi’s blood detected

5,000 year old red blood cells discovered

AFM picture of one of
Ötzis red blood cells

Recently, a team of scientists from Italy and Germany, using nanotechnology, succeeded in locating red blood cells in Ötzi’s wounds. Thereby they discovered the oldest traces of blood to have been found anywhere in the world. The research team includes Prof. Robert Stark and Marek Janko from the TU Darmstadt who until 2010 were scientists at the LMU München and members of the Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) and the LMU Center for Nanoscience (CeNS).

Preservation of 5300 year old red blood cells in the Iceman.
Marek Janko, Robert W. Stark and Albert Zink. Journal of the Royal Society - Interface. Published online 2 May 2012 (pdf)

Read more (LMU Homepage)

Press release (EURAC, European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano)




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