On The Responsibility Project, October 2010:
One of the biggest science stories this past year was the publication of the DNA analysis of the remains of King Tut — a project that seemed to finally resolve the mystery of the young pharaoh’s death and revealed a family secret: Tut's parents were siblings. Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan, commented at length on the discoveries in the Journal of the American Medical Association. To Markel, the genetic analysis of King Tut further complicates sticky questions about how freely researchers should extract information from the dead — and how much responsibility we bear toward the dead's wishes and privacy. Markel’s eighth book, An Anatomy of Addiction, about Sigmund Freud’s and William Halstead’s adventures with cocaine, will be published next year by Pantheon.