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The University of Texas Center for Advanced DNA Technologies, USA,
analyzed the DNA of the bloodstains. Head of the Center Victor Tryon
confirmed that was human genetic material. It was divided into several
samples and sent to different laboratories for further analysis.
No results of the research have been published yet but there are certainly
some. Dr. Leoncio A. Garza-Valdes, one of the few researchers allowed to
touch the shroud of Turin is working on his book that will have a shocking
name, The DNA of God.
The very abbreviation DNA seemed to be rather common for majority of
people a couple of years ago. But today it is a serious cause for anxiety.
Indeed, DNA gives researchers an opportunity to produce clones, a copy
of any creature whose DNA is available for experiments. Experiments of
this type have been already made public: Dolly the sheep became an
absolute cloned copy of a sheep whose genetic material, DNA, was
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A little-known relic kept in a monastery in Oviedo, Spain, is a swath of an ancient fabric with bloodstains. Recent expertise has revealed that the blood on the cloth is identical to the blood on the shroud of Turin. The cloth of 83x53 cm in size is called Sudarium which means “face cloth” in Latin. Researchers believe it is the cloth with which Christ’ face was covered after he was crucified and was kept folded up in a coffin together with the dead body.
Q: Has DNA testing ever been performed on the Shroud, assuming the blood stains still have traces of DNA?
A: Several years ago, some Texas researchers did a DNA study of supposed Shroud bloodstains, but the provenance of the samples they used was questionable and their results have not been officially recognized. Nonetheless, their findings concluded that the blood on the Shroud is from a male human. They also stated that the blood is so old and degraded that very few DNA segments were found, eliminating any possibility of "cloning" anything from the blood found on the cloth. Other DNA experts argue however, that so much contamination exists on the Shroud that no DNA test, no matter how carefully done, could ever be considered definitive. During the 1978 exhibition and scientific examination, the cloth was handled by many people, including most members of STURP, the Church authorities who prepared it for display, the Poor Clare nuns who unstitched portions of it, visiting dignitaries (including the Archbishop of Turin and the emissary of King Umberto) and countless others. During the five days and nights of the 1978 examination, the Shroud was continuously exposed to contamination as it lay unprotected on the support table. Every member of our research team, including myself, left DNA on the cloth. And remember, the cloth has been displayed and handled thousands of times throughout its history. Once again, the Shroud presents us with an enigma that even DNA evidence may not definitively unravel.
Authors Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas in their book The Second Messiah claim that the image on the shroud is that of Jacques deMolay, the last Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Templar.
In 1307, deMolay was charged with heresy by king Philip IV of France. According to the Knight and Lomas, deMolay was tortured at the direction of the Chief Inquisitor of France, William Imbert afer about seven years of imprisonment. They contend that his arms and legs were nailed in a manner similar to crucifixion, possibly to a large wooden door. Then deMolay was laid on a length of linen cloth on a soft bed. The cloth was then pulled over his head and body and deMolay was left to recover from his wounds. The use of a burial shroud is defended by suggesting that the Knights Templar used shrouds in ceremonies. It is all highly speculative and moot.
Originally posted by Arcane Demesne
I don't trust anything that comes from Pravda. Sometimes they'll have some real news, if they got it from a real news source themselves...but most of the time it's just made up stories.
Originally posted by masqua
Why can't we take the story on?
Does it really matter where it originates? If it's bunkum, I'm sure that the knives of the researchers here at ATS will get down to surgery in a hurry.
By your reasoning...all media is suspect.
I'm interested in where this might lead...
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Just a few words of caution, never trust Pravda. You might just as well quote World Weekly News.
Originally posted by masqua
[ If it's bunkum, I'm sure that the knives of the researchers here at ATS will get down to surgery in a hurry.
It seems that one of the prophecies made by St. John the Baptist is coming true. “When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth.”