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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team of researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco has sequenced the genome of an unusual-looking mummified skeleton found in Chile, identifying several novel mutations in genes that have been previously linked to skeletal malformations.

In 2003, a mummified humanoid skeleton was found in an abandoned mining town in the Atacama region of Chile. Nicknamed Ata, the specimen had a peculiar phenotype: a height of 6 inches, fewer ribs than expected, a lengthened cranium, and an estimated bone age of six to eight years.

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