Cairo, Egypt (AP) Egypt's antiquities chief says there are plans to conduct a DNA test on a 3,500-year-old mummy to determine if it is king Thutmose I -- one of the most important of the pharaohs.
The Middle East News Agency reports the DNA test and an x-ray will be carried out on a mummy found at the site of ancient Thebes on the west bank of the Nile, what is today luxor's valley of the kings.
The antiquities official says a mummy on display in the Egyptian Museum that was purported for many years to be Thutmose I was not actually the ancient ruler's remains.
Egypt has acquired a 5-milion dollar DNA lab, funded by the Discovery Channel, which has become a centerpiece of an ambitious plan to identify mummies and re-examine the Royal Mummy collection.
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