Thursday, February 13, 2014
Coming Soon: Richard III Complete Genome
University of Leicester Professor Turi King is to lead a project sequencing the full genome of King Richard III, the Guardian reports. The DNA was extracted from bones discovered in a Leicester parking lot (you can read about this incredible find, the forensic evidence for Richard's gruesome end, and the skeleton's severe scoliosis here). The genome sequencing is apparently driven by such questions as "Did he have straight or curly hair?," "Was the scoliosis genetic?" and "What was his susceptibility for diabetes?"