Medici Secrets to be Exposed by DNA Testing?
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2003-12-27 06:25
News Telegraph: Researchers are planning to exhume and test the bodies of 50 members of the
Medici Family with hopes of some "sensational surprises."
The Medicis, first family of Florence during the Renaissance, had a reputation
for both art patronage and ruthlessness. Now a new study will use DNA
testing to look at the lifestyle of the famous family. Some of the testing will
be done in place, while more extensive tests will be carried out at the
University of Pisa.
"By exhuming these illustrious corpses we will discover what illnesses they
had, how they lived and how they died," said Licia Bertani, in charge of the
Medici Chapels in Florence. "For example, there is supposed to have been gout
in the family. But it might have been deforming arthritis instead."
Scientists hope to trace family relations and reconstruct the appearance of
certain individuals. Current members of the Medici family are supportive of the
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