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Protest over Richard III genetic mapping - full story

A historian who traced the living relatives of King Richard III is accusing the University of Leicester of destroying parts of the skeleton.

John Ashdown-Hill, who also helped pinpoint where the former monarch was buried, says testing the remains to find out more about the king's genetic make up is "destructive" and unnecessary.

Rajiv Popat has the full story.

Petition against more 'destructive' Richard III research

The man who helped find the final resting place of King Richard III in Leicester has launched a petition against plans for more scientific tests on the former monarch's remains.

The University of Leicester announced earlier this month that it wanted to map the King's entire genetic code.

More scientific tests are planned for Richard III's remains
More scientific tests are planned for Richard III's remains Credit: ITV News Central

John Ashdown-Hill has written a blog in which he labels the research "destructive" and "gratuitous", and urges others to sign his petition to block any more testing.

The University has denied the claims, saying it has abided by all ethical codes governing research on human remains.

King Richard III is a figure of immense historical and cultural significance and the information that we hope to obtain from sequencing his genome will provide insights into the health and ancestry of the king and his historical environment.

We, along with our partners, are committed to treating the mortal remains with dignity and respect as we work together for a reinterment at Leicester Cathedral as soon as the legal process allows.


New Richard III research will help shape history lessons

Scientists who plan to map the entire DNA of Richard III from bones found in a car park in Leicester say the fascination with the man has inspired them to look closer at his genetics.

Scientists will also sequence the genome of one of the king's confirmed living relatives, Michael Ibsen.

The Canadian-born cabinet maker, from London, is a descendant of Richard III's sister, Anne.

Experts to add another "layer" of info on Richard III

Dr Turi King is one of the researchers at the University of Leicester who has been examining Richard III's DNA.

She has announced plans today to genetically map the King Richard III. This will reveal much more detailed information about him including his genetic make-up, revealing any diseases he may have been susceptible to, as well confirming his hair and eye colour.

It will also shed further light on his ancestry as Dr King will also map the genes of his closest known relative.

Dr King told a press conference today: “ Sequencing the genome of Richard III is a hugely important project that will help to teach us not only about him, but ferment discussion about how our DNA informs our sense of identity, our past and our future.”

BREAKING: Scientists to map Richard III's genes

The bones of Richard III found buried in a car park in Leicester in September 2012 Credit: PA

Scientists who have been studying the remains of Richard III, after they were found in a car park in Leicester, will now map his entire genetic code.

They want to create a DNA map of the former King before his remains are reinterred.

The process will involve grinding some of the bones into powder in order to extract DNA.

Experts say it might help them to confirm his eye and hair colour and whether or not he had a pre-disposition to any types of infections or diseases.

King Richard III is the first known historic figure to have his entire genome sequenced.


King Richard III stained glass design to be unveiled

King Richard III Credit: PA

The design for a stained glass window at Leicester Cathedral commemorating King Richard III will be unveiled later today.

The designer said it will provide the perfect backdrop for the tomb of the king.

The High Court will decide next month whether his remains should be buried in Leicester or York.

King Richard III replica head at British Museum

The reconstruction of King Richard III's head has gone on display at the British Museum.

The replica was made from scans of the King's skull after his remains were found in a Leicester car park.

A reconstruction of King Richard's head
A reconstruction of King Richard's head Credit: PA

It was originally displayed In Leicester's Guildhall but is now on a tour of the country.

The tour moves to Gloucester Museum and Art Gallery in March, and then to Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire during April.

It will eventually be displayed at a new Richard III visitor centre in St Martin's place in Leicester due to open in 2014.

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