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Frozen mummy’s genetic blueprints unveiled

The 5,300-year-old Iceman had brown eyes, Lyme disease and modern-day Mediterranean relatives

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2:45pm, February 28, 2012

By peering deeply into the DNA of the mummy known as Ötzi, geneticists have expanded the rap sheet on the 5,300-year-old Iceman: He had brown eyes, brown hair and blood type O, was lactose intolerant and his modern-day relatives live on Corsica and Sardinia.

These vital statistics and more come from an analysis of the Tyrolean man’s complete genetic blueprints, reported online February 28 in Nature Communications. The DNA analysis also found that the Iceman, found frozen and well-preserved in the Alps in 1991, carried genetic risk factors for heart

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