Scientists have announced plans to sequence King Richard III's genomes in an attempt to discover more about the 15th century monarch, including what he really looked like. Although portraits of the king exist, they were painted around 50 years after his death in 1485 during the final battle of the bloody Wars of the Roses.
Their work could also shed light on the health of Richard, who suffered from the spine-curving condition scoliosis, revealing what diseases he may have been predisposed to later in life had he not become the last king of England to die in battle.
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