The whole genome of King Richard III is to be sequenced in a project led by Dr Turi King of the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Leverhulme Trust and Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, Emeritus Professor at the University of Leicester, who discovered genetic fingerprinting.
The aim is to shed new light on the ancestry and health of the last king of England to die in battle, and provide a complete archive of information that historians, scientists and the public will be able to access and use.
Dr Turi King and colleagues plan to sequence his genome and make it freely accessible as a resource to researchers wishing to analyse and interrogate its genetic information.
Richard III will be the first ancient individual of known identity to have his genome sequenced. This new project will allow researchers to look for any other segments of DNA that these distant relatives share.
Credit: University of Leicester
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