Scientists at the University of California at Davis have been using new technologies from Agilent to measure very old things, including an ancient ice mummy discovered in the Italian Alps.
The scientists presented their finds at a recent symposium titled Return of the Mummy, organized by Agilent’s Rudi Grimm, who is also an adjunct professor at the university.
Grimm discussed the diet of Oetzi, a.k.a. the Iceman, who died after being shot with an arrow more than 5,000 years ago, his body perfectly preserved in a glacier.
Other topics covered by UC Davis professors included food, diet and nutrition in ancient Egypt; the metabolomic analysis of ancient samples; the properties of 100-year-old wines; and the use of maggots to create one of the world’s most flavorful cheeses, casu marzu.
Agilent experts presented the latest developments in liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry—technologies that scientists depend on to reveal ancient secrets and solve present-day mysteries.
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