Carbon 14 dating and the shroud of turin

These stains were further shown to belong to an MNS positive individual of the AB group.

However, in a recent article (2016) a group of Italian scientists have argued for renewed studies since – as they write – significant advancements have been made over the last 30 years in the development of serological and molecular tools, as well ad in microscopy techniques. By Geoffroi de Charny, Elspeth Kennedy (Translator) and Richard W.

This might prove useful in finally deciding whether the blood used or imprinted on the cloth is in fact human and not animal (a question on which the jury is apparently still out). In History Today 2014, Vol 64, No 11 [6] Autour du Saint Suaire et de la collégiale de Lirey (Aube) By Alain Hourseau.

Last year throngs of people went to Turin to solemnly venerate the cloth, which – as opposed to many other such relics – continue to sway the feelings of the faithful, whenever it is on show.

When the shroud was displayed, the present Pope Francis paused in silent prayer in front of the relic and called it an “icon of love”, endorsing Catholics to use it as impetus to reflect upon “the face of every suffering and unjustly persecuted person”.

It is thus a well-known fact that Carmen Polo, the wife of Franco left vestiges of lipstick on the so-called sudarium in Orviedo (the cloth said to have covered the face of the crucified Jesus).

Later studies of the human mitochondrial genome lineages from dust particles have detected sequences from multiple subjects of different ethnic origins, clustering into some haplogroups ranging from India over the Near-East to Europe, thus demonstrating the fact that as of now contamination of a any DNA evidence is a fact to be reckoned with.

It is in view of this – and the particular character of the relic – that a series of scientific and archaeological investigations have been carried out since the beginning of 1900 [3].

In the 1980s this was followed by a new spat carried out since 1969 -73 by archaeologists and biological scientists under the supervision of the so-called Turin commission.

Following this, another possibility would be to perform so-called next generation DNA-sequencing method.

This would be especially interesting since it might identify the mitochondrial DNA of the blood, which has a very high mutation rate, making it a marker, which can be used to uniquely identify a specific human being and his and hers close maternal relations. See also the overview of the debate evolved in this particular debate in Wikipedia: Radiocarbon 14 dating of the Shroud of Turin [4] Blood Stains of the Turin Shroud 2015: beyond personal hopes and limitations of techniques By Giovanni Di Minno, Rosanna Scala, Itala Ventre and Giovanni de Gaetano In: Internal Emergency Medicine 2016, vol.

What it seems, they believe is, that a renewed study of the DNA of the blood stains might reveal the contamination of persons maternally related to each other – in casu the admixture of mother and son!

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