King Richard III’s genome to be sequenced

King Richard

The genetic code of King Richard III, the medieval monarch whose body was found buried under a parking lot in Leicester, England, is set to be sequenced.

Researchers at the University of Leicester announced the project Tuesday. The goal, they said, is to catalog as complete a genome as possible from the king to learn more about his ancestry and health.

“It is an extremely rare occurrence that archaeologists are involved in the excavation of a known individual, let alone a king of England,” Turi King, a geneticist at the University of Leicester who will lead the project, said in a statement.

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