January 9, 2006

Whose head is it anyway?

Scientists are having a mull
Over the authenticity of Mozart’s skull
After spending many a franc
The tests have drawn a blank
May his soul enjoy this investigative lull!

VIENNA (Reuters) 09/01/06- Forensic scientists were unable to say if a skull kept in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's home town of Salzburg is indeed that of the composer born 250 years ago, Austrian television said on Sunday. Austrian public TV station ORF last year commissioned an international research project -- dubbed "CSI Mozart" after the award-winning U.S. TV series about crime scene investigators -- to analyse teeth extracted from the skull. ORF told the scientists to apply methods such as genetic testing to determine the identity of the skull, which the Mozarteum foundation in Salzburg obtained in 1902. But the scientists -- from Austria's University of Innsbruck and the U.S. Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory in Rockville, Maryland -- drew a blank, ORF said in their documentary broadcast Sunday night.

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