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How Tutankhamun's DNA Became a Battleground 89

First time accepted submitter superboj writes "Everyone wants a piece of Egypt's most famous pharaoh, including the media, the Muslim Brotherhood and even the Mormon church. But while scientists have been trying to excavate his DNA and prove who he was — Egypt's turbulent politics have been making progress hard. Will experts be able to make a major discovery? And what happens if they do?"
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How Tutankhamun's DNA Became a Battleground

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  • by pollarda ( 632730 ) on Saturday March 08, 2014 @03:55AM (#46433511)
    FYI: The "Mormon Church" as you describe it is actually a team at BYU that specializes in genetic identification of family relationships. One of their geneticists is one of the top in the country and to date, they have identified a number of unknown mummies who have been floating around various museums. They have also built a genetic family tree. There is all sorts of things one can learn about ancient Egypt this way. (For example, just because historical records say that two people are related, it doesn't mean they are genetically.) The BYU team has no interest in it from a religious perspective. King Tut wouldn't provide any additional "religious" information than the other 30+ mummies they have already worked with. They are very interested in it from a scientific perspective which is another way of saying that they are curious as all scientists should be.
  • by denzacar ( 181829 ) on Saturday March 08, 2014 @06:30AM (#46433765) Journal

    The BYU team has no interest in it from a religious perspective.

    So... Are you saying that they are NOT Mormons or are you questioning their faith and calling them bad Mormons?
    Being that BYU stands for Brigham Young University which is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and, excluding online students, is the largest religious university and one of the largest private universities in the U.S., with 34,000 on-campus students.[8][9][10]

    Approximately 98% of the university's 34,000 students are members of the LDS Church, and one-third of its American students come from within the state of Utah.[11] BYU students are required to follow an honor code, which mandates behavior in line with LDS teachings (e.g., academic honesty, adherence to dress and grooming standards, and abstinence from extramarital sex and from the consumption of drugs and alcohol).[12] Many students (78% of men, 10% of women) take a two-year hiatus from their studies at some point to serve as Mormon missionaries.[13][14]

    And being that it is first and foremost a religious institution.

    BYU is thus considered by its leaders to be at heart a religious institution, wherein, ideally, religious and secular education are interwoven in a way that encourages the highest standards in both areas.[141] This weaving of the secular and the religious aspects of a religious university goes back as far as Brigham Young himself, who told Karl G. Maeser when the Church purchased the school: "I want you to remember that you ought not to teach even the alphabet or the multiplication tables without the Spirit of God."[142]

  • by denzacar ( 181829 ) on Saturday March 08, 2014 @07:57AM (#46433909) Journal []

    Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that tracing family lineage is essential for special religious ceremonies that seal family units together for eternity. According to Mormons, this fulfills a Biblical prophecy stating that the prophet Elijah would return to "turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers."[2]

    They are actively fulfilling a Biblical prophecy ONLY by determining genealogical lineage AND then baptizing the dead.
    Simply baptizing them just makes them Mormon. In the minds of the LDS followers.

    Only the genealogically backed baptism, fulfills the prophecy of The Second ComingTM.
    Kinda like those Texans and Israelis who are breeding red heifers in order to bring about the end of the world.

    That's right! Both these groups are jerking off to the idea of Armageddon!
    And yet nobody is rounding them up into prisons and concentration camps under suspicion of conspiracy to kill everyone on the planet!
    I know! Insane!

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