DNA test casts doubt that mummified head was that of Henry IV

10/9/2013 | LiveScience.com

A DNA study on a mummified head has cast doubt that it belonged to King Henry IV, who ruled France from 1589 to 1610. Scientists at the University of Leuven in Belgium said the results indicate that the head doesn't match his lineage -- however, that doesn't rule out the possibility that the head is, indeed, Henry's. "In order to realize an accurate genetic identification of historical remains, DNA typing of living persons, who are paternally or maternally related with the presumed donor of the samples, is required," said Jean-Jacques Cassiman, who led the study published in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

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