Scientists to decode Richard III's genes

Feb 11, 2014, 4:55 PM EST
Mark Rylance and Samuel Barnett with the cast during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call of 'King Richard The III' at Belasco Theatre on November 10, 2013 in New York City.
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King Richard III of England died at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, and his remains were discovered in a car lot in Leicester in 2012. Scientists have revealed that they will decode the genome sequence of his remains, which could lead to discovering hair and eye color, as well as any genetic defects.

Background:

Richard III's DNA to be analysed to create complete genome sequence [Guardian]

Richard III's DNA decoded: Scientists to sequence King in car park's genome [CNN]

King Richard III to get his genetic code sequenced [Washington Post]

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