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Leonardo da Vinci’s DNA on the bid

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Self Potrait of Leonardo Da Vinci

Leornardo da Vinci is one of the most dynamic personality in the history. He was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, poetry, and cartography. There are frequent numbers of interest and the craze to obtain more understandings about the life and work.

Experts are now requesting access to dust from restored paintings by the Renaissance polymath to be able reconstruct his genetic profile. They have put a bid to gain the access to da Vinci’s DNA—via his works, notes, and diaries. By this, experts hope to be able to confirm the authenticity of his suspected remains, which are buried under the floor of Saint-Hubert Chapel at the Chateau d’Amboise, in France. They hope to build a genetic profile of Da Vinci.

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Polymath Da Vinci and Italian director Franco Zeffirelli are apparently related. Photo: Alexey Yushenkov via Wikimedia Commons and assumed self portrait by Leonardo da Vinci.

“Matching Leonardo’s DNA to that of his family presents puzzles that are minutely specific to their history and circumstances, but the tools the investigators use are generic and broadly applicable,” Brunetto Chiarelli, from the International Institute for Humankind Studies at the University of Florence and editor of Human Evolution, told the Daily Mail.

“We stand to gain not only greater historical knowledge of Leonardo but possibly a reconstruction of his genetic profile, which could provide insights into other individuals with remarkable qualities,” he added.

Named the “Leonardo Project,” the research group—whose members met this week at the Tuscan Regional Council in Florence—is formed by scientists from the American Craig Venter Institute, the University of Florence, the Institut de Paleontologie Humaine in Paris, The Rockefeller University in New York, and the Laboratory of Genetic Identification at the University of Grenada.

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“Scientifically, the chance to create, through new research and technology, a new vision of the life of Leonardo starting from a study of DNA is very important,” Eugenio Giani president of the Regional Council told the Daily Mail.