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Woolley himself suggested that the seal and weapons were gifts from the woman’s husband. Another theory is that the true owner of the seal, a male, was buried in a mud-brick shaft above the stone tomb. But McCaffrey notes that the materials in that shaft are low quality and lack weapons, and that no other royal tomb is constructed of mud brick. In fact, the remains in the mudbrick shaft, identified by Woolley as male, were wrapped in women’s clothing with feminine jewelry. Unfortunately, those bones also were discarded.

But it’s still high for many projects, including medical uses such as checking the genomes of individuals. Both groups save money by eliminating the need for bacteria and miniaturizing the process wherever possible. In lieu of bacteria, they attach DNA to aqueous beads encased in oil where chemical reactions copy the DNA to make the necessary amount. S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, Califor- fluorescent colors, one each to a particular base, to distinguish the bases.

Woolley couldn’t tell the difference between a man, a woman, or a monkey,” he says. McCaffrey counters that Woolley was competent enough to identify correctly the genders of the dozen skeletons that still exist. Philologists, meanwhile, note that although “lugal” is technically a gender-free term, there is the counterpart term “eresh,” which traditionally is translated as female consort to a male ruler. E W S F O C U S Without a skeleton, scholars may never definitively sort out the mysteries of tomb 1054.

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