Researchers hope modern science will solve mystery deaths

Researchers working in St Mark's Basilica in Florence, Italy have exhumed the bodies of two Medici-era literary figures hoping that they can solve the mystery of the men's deaths.

The two 15th century humanists, Pico della Mirandola and Angelo Ambrosini, known as Poliziano, died in Florence in 1494 from what is believed to be poison. Now Giorgio Gruppioni, a professor of anthropology from Bologna, hopes that "modern biomolecular technology and scanning might clear up doubts that have persisted for centuries."