DNA test to trace Columbus roots
"We have already started all of the analyses on a molecular level and we have good indications that the remains in Seville are effectively those of Christopher."
- Olga Rickards, Tor Vergata University laboratory team leader
Rome, Italy - Nearly 500 years after the death of Christopher Columbus, a team of genetic researchers are using DNA to solve two nagging mysteries: Where was the explorer really born? And where the devil are his bones?
The Spanish-led research team, which includes Italians, Americans and Germans, sampled DNA from the known remains from Columbus' brother and son, and then compared them to fragments attributed to Columbus in Seville.