Scientists to map out genome of King Richard III

02/12/2014 |

Researchers plan to sequence the genome of King Richard III, whose remains were found last year in a Leicester, England, parking lot. "Sequencing the genome of Richard III is a hugely important project that will help to teach us not only about him, but ferment discussion about how our DNA informs our sense of identity, our past and our future," said University of Leicester geneticist Turi King. The sequencing will help scientists learn more about the monarch's ancestry and health issues, which included a curved spine due to scoliosis and intestinal parasites.

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