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August 1 2014

Otzi 'the Iceman' had heart disease genes


Otzi the Iceman, a well-preserved mummy discovered in the Alps, may have had a genetic predisposition to heart disease, new research suggests.

The new finding may explain why the man who lived 5,300 years ago, stayed active and certainly didn't smoke or wolf down processed food in front of the TV nevertheless had hardened arteries when he was felled by an arrow and bled to death on an alpine glacier.

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