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[Special Lecture] Medical Grand Round: Asan Medical Center.

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I am honored to have a chance to give a special lecture for Medical Grand Round, Depaterment of Internal Medicine, Asan Medical Center.

The lecture topic was "The History of Diseases in Dialogue Between History, Archaelogy and Medicine".



Call for Papers: Special Issue on Current Trends in Studies of Ancient Diseases

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Paleopathology has been an important part of anatomists’ researches, mainly focusing on the diseases affecting the human populations in history. By scientific studies carried out on the ancient samples, it can improve our understanding of the health and disease status of our ancestors. Nevertheless, it is also true that more academic experiences still have to accumulate for the accurate interpretation of bioanthropological results. More cases about ancient diseases must be reported from the skeletons or mummies discovered worldwide. Newly emerging techniques should be applied more actively to the related bioanthropological cases. And a review of the ethical aspects is also needed for successful research. It is thus the purpose of this special issue to consider the latest accomplishments of paleopathological and bioanthropological studies and its related novel techniques. As the accurate interpretation of the biomedical signs which remained on ancient specimens requires the reference …

Writing Book Chapter for "Ancient Ink: The archaeology of tattooing"

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I m joining in writing the chapter "THE MUMMIFICATION PROCESS AMONG THE ‘FIRE MUMMIES’ OF KABAYAN: A PALEOHISTOLOGICAL NOTE" for "ANCIENT INK: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF TATTOOING (University of Washington Press), along with Drs. Dario Piombino-Mascali, Ronald G. Beckett and Orlando V. Abinion.




Ancient Egyptian Mummy of the first intermediate period

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I joined in the international collaboration on the Ancient Egyptian Mummies (Please see below).

The news was reported by "Seeker"
as "Skin Proteins Reveal How Mummies Died"


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Published as peer reviewed paper ("Identification of proteins from 4200-year-old skin and muscle tissue biopsies from ancient Egyptian mummies of the first intermediate period shows evidence of acute inflammation and severe immune response") in


Abstract: We performed proteomics analysis on four skin and one muscle tissue samples taken from three ancient Egyptian mummies of the first intermediate period, approximately 4200 years old. The mummies were first dated by radiocarbon dating of the accompany-\break ing textiles, and morphologically examined by scanning electron microscopy of additional skin samples. Proteins were extracted, separated on SDS–PAGE (sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrop…