January 02, 2013
Is Science Great or What?

From Yahoo!News:

It’s been more than 200 years since King Louis XVI was beheaded by French revolutionaries, but a team of scientists believes a recently discovered gourd contains traces of his blood.

According to the BBC, the scientists say a dried, hollowed-out squash that had been kept by an Italian family as a souvenir contains a handkerchief that was dipped in the king’s blood by a spectator…

According to the findings published in Forensic Science International, analysis of DNA taken from the blood revealed it to be similar to DNA from a mummified head believed to belong to Henri IV, Louis’ 16th-century predecessor.

Results of a 2010 test on the gourd were inconclusive, but the genetic connection to Henri’s remains led the scientists to conclude the blood found inside the gourd is indeed that of the king’s.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 02, 2013 01:30 PM
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If only this article were in the Wall Street Journal, where the right eyes might read it, instead of Yahoo! News!

Posted by: JoyfulA on January 3, 2013 3:44 PM
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