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A week ago Edited: A week ago, prashantakerkar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_skeleton

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcium

https://bonesdontlie.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/colored-bones-varied-meanings/

https://bonesdontlie.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/taphonomy-what-happens-to-bones-after-death/

Initially I thought the Human Skeleton Colour would be only White due to Calcium intake.

But isn' it?.

There are many colours of Human being Skeleton. Are these colours because of body decomposition with Soil?

Reference :

Taphonomy - Study

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A week ago Edited: A week ago, bio_man
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Bones may be discolored due to a film of tissue surrounding it, but as mentioned in your post, pure human bones are white. However, when bones are found in nature, let's say they're dug up by an anthropologist, they may be tinted brown from years in soil. Only then can bones can be a number of colors including black, red, yellow, white or green -- but it's unnatural.

Some people with a genetic disorder known as alkaptonuria, may have bones that are dark! See attachment.

Generally speaking, bones in the human body as well as that of all other vertebrates are made primarily from calcium, or to be more specific calcium phosphates. Calcium compounds usually refract the entire spectrum of light, just like everything else that is white.
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Thanks.

Reference :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mummy

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Mummification is different. It involves the washing out of the intestines, and drying the body, using natron, before anointing and wrapping it. Little to do with bone color.
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A week ago Edited: A week ago, prashantakerkar
Thanks.

References

https://www.ashmolean.org/home

https://www.ashmolean.org/conservation-0

https://www.hsm.ox.ac.uk/home


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What are these in reference to?
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A week ago Edited: A week ago, prashantakerkar
Thanks.

In Ashmolean museum, we viewed the mummies.

It's a nice museum.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mummy

Reference : Treatment of Mummies in ancient times.

Do you feel there could be applications of Mummies in Medicine & Engineering ?

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mummia

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https://www.google.com/search?ei=7LMsXY-wHs-o9QO20564Bw&q=mummies+applications+in+medicine&oq=mummies+applications+in+medicine&gs_l=mobile-gws-wiz-serp.12...0.0..2864...0.0..0.0.0.......0.HAcZ-tSayDE

Can Mummies help in creating drugs for Cancer?

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https://medicalxpress.com/news/2010-10-scientists-cancer-purely-man-made.html

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Do you feel there could be applications of Mummies in Medicine & Engineering ?

There's no purpose to mummification in modern medicine.

What was the purpose of mummification?

The Egyptians believed that humans had several components, including your physical body (kha), name (ren), shadow (shut), heart (ib), life force (ka), soul (ba), and, for lack of a better translation, "effectiveness" (akh). In order for you to be resurrected successfully, all of these components had to be reconstituted during funeral rites. Destroy some of these elements - through cremating the body or committing damnatio memoriae on their name, for example - and you doom someone to eternal nonexistence. In fact, this is why the Egyptians greatly feared drowning, as it would prevent someone from recovering their bodies.

The Egyptians had ways to work around this in case something happened to their bodies, a prudent move since tomb robbers weren't at all hesitant to hack a body to pieces to recover jewelry, amulets, or expensive linen wrappings. Reserve heads, carved images of the deceased that could be inhabited by their souls, were one method popular in the Old Kingdom. The images of the deceased carved and/or painted in his/her tomb were another fail-safe.
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Can Mummies help in creating drugs for Cancer?

Impossible. Cancer is cell-deep, caused by a mutation in vital genes. Could you explain your premise though, why would you think that's possible?
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6 days ago Edited: 6 days ago, prashantakerkar
Thanks.

I mean creating drugs from those mummies which were suffering from different cancer types.

Those Cancer cells are studied,investigated, analysed in Microscope and then later cultivated and then from Cancer cell culture
Drugs specific to Mummies cancer type ex Prostrate,Colon,Liver, Kidney etc are prepared.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_culture

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21516394/


Is this possible?

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Mummy cells cannot be harvested b/c of the way they're preserved, and even if they could be, you're better-off using cells acquired from a biopsy instead. In addition, what information could you get from cancer cells anyway? Most cancer cells lack form and produce undefined proteins -- it's technically a cell growing out of control.

Lastly, it'd be next to impossible to tell the cause of death of a mummy given how they're preserved.
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6 days ago Edited: 6 days ago, prashantakerkar
Thank you.

https://www.ashmolean.org/contact

Email : conservation@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Enquiries regarding Mummies preservation can assist in this regard?

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Mummy cells can't be harvested for the same reason dinosaur cells can't be harvested. The DNA is all tried up and can't be restored
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4 days ago Edited: 4 days ago, prashantakerkar
Thanks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservation_and_restoration_of_human_remains

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennewick_Man

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