Thursday, November 29, 2007

WAS OLD ABE ALREADY DYING WHEN JWB DID HIM IN?

John G. Sotos, a cardiologist, thinks so. In his opinion, Old Abe had at most a year to live when Booth murdered him in April 1865. Sotos believes that Lincoln is the earliest known case of MEN 2B syndrome, an extremely rare cancer-causing genetic syndrome, to be identified. He’s put together a catalog of known Lincoln ailments, nearly all of which bolster his case for Lincoln being a carrier of MEN 2B. It appears that at least one of Lincoln’s four sons—three of whom were dead by age 20—also showed earmarks of the syndrome. What’s more, a simple DNA test can prove if Sotos is right or not. The problem—getting a person or institution in possession of a known organic Lincoln relic to part with enough genetic material to enable the test. The whole story is here:

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