Issue Date: August 5, 2013
Incas Doped Their Sacrifice Victims
In 1999, archaeologists discovered the mummies of three Inca human sacrifice victims near the 22,000-foot summit of Llullaillaco volcano in the Andes Mountains. The 500-year-old remains were so remarkably preserved in the cold, arid climate that medical researchers have been able to detect molecular evidence of tuberculosis and other diseases in the remaining body fluids (C&EN, May 20, page 32). A team of scientists led by Andrew S. . . .
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