University featured in top 100 science stories of 2013

Posted by er134 at Dec 18, 2013 04:10 PM |
Mars' Curiosity Rover and Discovery of Richard III are top science stories of the year
University featured in top 100 science stories of 2013

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Science magazine Discover has announced their top 100 stories of 2013, which include the Discovery of King Richard III and the insight into life on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Curiosity, hailed as the top science story of 2013, has already discovered rocks laid down in ancient lakes and determined that these areas were once habitable for microbial life.

Dr John Bridges of our Space Research Centre is one of two UK participating scientists involved on the mission, and has spent the last 15 months analysing data sent back by the Curiosity rover.

The discovery and DNA identification of the skeleton of King Richard III was placed at number 64 in the countdown. Researchers from across the University along with a group of Richard III enthusiasts used their expertise to correctly locate the King’s remains and confirm his identity using DNA sequencing.

Dr Turi King, from our Department of Genetics and Archaeology compared DNA extracted from a tooth from a sample of Richard III's living relatives.

I was getting one bit matching, and then another bit matching, and then another. I did a little dance around.
Dr Turi King

Discover's top 100 double January/ February 2014 issue is available now.

  • Link to the University's Richard III website
  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society