Richard III: DNA Analysis Reveals Infidelity In Royal Family Tree

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Richard III: DNA Analysis Reveals Infidelity In Royal Family Tree

The world’s oldest forensic investigation has concluded that a skeleton discovered in 2012 does indeed belong to King Richard III.

Scientists from the University of Leicester, U.K. dug up the skeleton from a parking lot, and have recently finished undertaking extensive tests on both the remains and known living relatives of the last king of the House of York. Dr. Turi King and his team from the Department of Genetics analysed genetic markers such as mitochondrial genomes and Y-chromosomal markers to reach their conclusion.

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King Richard III: Evidence of infidelity

Mitochondrial DNA is passed on by the mother, so researchers followed the female line of the king’s family tree and found a match with two female-line descendants, Michael Ibsen and Wendy Duldig.

“Here we report DNA analysis of both the skeletal remains and living relatives of Richard III. We find a perfect mitochondrial DNA match between the sequence obtained from the remains and one living relative, and a single-base substitution when compared with a second relative,” King and colleagues