What Happened to Richard III?

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The King of England's grave was found in a carpark more than half-a-millennium after his death.
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Missing for 500 years
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Slain in battle in 1485, Richard III was the last medieval king of England. He did not have a state burial as the whereabouts of his body was unknown. A skeleton discovered in a carpark near Grey Friars Church in Leicester, England together with archealogical evidence offered hope that his body had been uncovered.

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QIAGEN solutions provide decisive DNA evidence in crime — and in archeology. The mystery of King Richard's whereabouts and remains were confirmed by analyzing and matching his DNA to samples collected from living maternal relatives and descendants. It’s no surprise that QIAGEN played a key role in confirming the remains buried beneath a car park in Leicester "beyond reasonable doubt" to be the body of King Richard III.

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QIAGEN is committed to advancing human identity testing to solve questions of kinship, identify disaster victims, and provide powerful tools for forensic testing to solve crimes.


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Read about the discovery, the archealogical work, and the crucial mitochondrial DNA molecular evidence at the University of Leicester website.
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