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Ancient DNA analysis unveils mystery of history's most horribly deformed man -- The Elephant Man

n to the world as the Elephant Man. The Scientists:

  • Dr. Charis Eng: professor and director of the Clinical Cancer Genetics Program and of the Division of Human Genetics at The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Erika Hagelberg: professor and geneticist at the University of Oslo
  • Dr. Deborah Marsh: geneticist at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research in Australia

About Joseph Merrick:

Merrick, born in 1862 in the English city of Leicester, showed signs of deformity at the early age of five. By the time he reached his teenage years, Merrick was completely deformed and had been rejected by his community and even his own parents. For several years, Merrick joined a traveling circus. He became widely known for his role as a fairground freak until he met a surgeon who arranged his admission in the Royal London Hospital, where he ultimately died at the age of 27.

THE CURSE OF THE ELEPHANT MAN is produced for the Discovery Health Channel by NHNZ. Andrew Waterworth is the executive producer for NHNZ. Executive producer for the Discovery Health Channel is Mark Poertner. Executive in charge of production is Bob Reid.


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Contact: Tahli Kouperstein
tahli_kouperstein@discovery.com
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Discovery Health Channel
21-Jul-2003


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