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Scientists at the University of Leicester plan to map Richard III's entire genome to reveal more personal details about him.

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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.

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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.

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Tea making mathematicians pose for the cameras

Students from Leicester University, with their course leader, after revealing the formula for the 'perfect' brew Credit: ITV News Central

Students from the University of Leicester have posed for the cameras, after unveiling their mathematical formula for the 'perfect' cup of builder's tea.

They were set the challenge by a local construction firm.

The perfect formula for a cup of tea has been revealed

Leicester University students have worked out a mathematical equation for the perfect cup of tea Credit: ITV News Central

You saw it here first! Students from the University of Leicester have revealed the secret formula for what they claim is the 'perfect' cup of tea.

Leicester University students have worked out a mathematical equation for the perfect cup of tea Credit: ITV News Central

The equation calculates brewing time, along with rest time and a few extras to work out the route to the perfect brew.

Leicester students to unveil perfect cup of 'builder's tea'

Students have been challenged to come up with the perfect formula by a local construction firm Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A team of students from Leicester University will today unveil the formula for what they claim is the 'perfect' cup of builder's tea.

Year 2 mathematics students were set the challenge by a local construction firm.

They will demonstrate how to make an ideal cuppa using the right equation of water temperature, how stewed it should be, how much milk, and whether it should be in a mug or teacup and saucer.

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.

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