Friday, 18 July 2008

Romanov mystery solved

DNA profiling would appear to have finally solved a mystery surrounding the deaths of the Russian royal family, the Romanovs.

Research by Dr. Peter Gill of the University of Strathclyde's Centre for Forensic Science, in conjunction with colleagues in the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory and the Institute of Legal Medicine in Innsbruck, Austria, has shown that the remains found in a second grave at Ekaterinburg, Siberia, are of the same DNA profile as those found in an adjacent grave previously found in 1993 and 1994, which were proved to be related to Tsarina Alexandra. It is believed that the new remains are those of a fourth princess and the heir apparent to Tsar Nicholas II, Alexei.

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