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Researchers to sequence King Richard III’s genome


Dr. Turi King from the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester is undertaking a project to sequence the genome of Richard III.

“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.”

The 15th century ruler’s remains have fascinated scientists since they were officially revealed to the world a year ago. This research is particularly likely to tell the world more – the sequencing of the Iceman leading to the first example of human infection with Lyme disease.

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Story: Ben Miller, Culture 24 | Photo: University of Leicester

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