An international team of genomics experts and forensic specialists will begin an investigation into the remains of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda.
The leftist writer died in the chaos following Chile’s 1973 right-wing military coup, and some have speculated he was poisoned.
The poet’s body was exhumed in 2013 to determine the cause of his death, but tests showed no toxic agents in his bones. Even so, the Chilean government said in 2015 that it’s “highly probable that a third party” was responsible for his death.
Canada’s McMaster University said Wednesday that Neruda’s bones and teeth remains will be analyzed at a lab located at its Ancient DNA Centre and the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Forensic Medicine.
The panel of experts will focus on identifying pathogenic bacteria that might have caused Neruda’s death.
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