Forensic science solves mystery of Richard III’s death

Posted by: on Oct 15, 2014 | One Comment

Richard III was the last king of England to die in battle, over 500 years ago. He was discovered buried under a parking lot in Leicester, England, in September 2012. DNA tests confirmed its identity five months later. Today researchers use modern forensic science to figure out which injuries likely caused his death. They did this by using whole body CT scans and micro-CT imaging of injured bones to examine signs of trauma to the skeleton. For additional information,  please go to website below.

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 10/14/14]

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  1. Elvira

    I think your best bet would be mice from a pet store. Lab mice can get expensive besuace they’ve been specifically bred to possess certain traits. You’d need to use them if you were trying to get published in a scientific journal, but for a science fair, they’re unnecessary. They’re also not used to be handled, so unless you’ve received animal training, they can be a bit tricky (i.e. bite-y). Pet store mice are probably more sociable, and wouldn’t have the special care requirements that many breeds of lab mice have. Plus, they’re much cheaper.Make sure you’ve thought of all the little details before you go ahead and buy them. You need to make sure that the experiment won’t hurt them in this case, I think the main concern would be the volume of the music. Make sure that you have their habitat and food all set up, too. You’d also have to be prepared to care for them (or find someone else who wants them as pets) for a few years after the experiment. These are mice bred to be pets, so if you can’t care for them, you should try to find someone to adopt them after the experiment.


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