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Saturday, 1 April, 2000, 05:41 GMT 06:41 UK
Hi-tech medicine reveals Egypt's ancient secrets

Experts on ancient Egypt meeting in Cairo have revealed how modern medical techniques are helping their research into mummies and how doctors are benefiting in return.

The International Congress of Egyptologists has heard that mummies are now being used as a test bed in experiments involving some of the very latest medical equipment, including DNA checks and hi-tech scanning.

The keeper of Egyptian antiquities at the British museum in London, Vivien Davis, told the congress that a number of hospitals in London have borrowed mummies to carry out experiments.

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