Scientists Hope They Can Cure Arthritis By Studying The Diseased Remains Of A Mummified Body

It’s 1949, and an earthquake is rumbling through the city of Guano, Ecuador, rattling the walls of a 16th-century convent until they suddenly crack open. And inside the ancient facades hide some gruesome secrets. First, they find the remains of a rat, and then, they discovery a human mummy.

Miraculously, the mummy emerges almost perfectly intact, even though it has spent over 400 years resting among the rubble. Fortunately, you see, its placement has kept it protected from the insects that would have hastened decomposition. And decades later, these well-preserved remains will prove pivotal to scientists, who will discover that they could be a huge clue in the realm of medical research.

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