Scientists want to exhume the remains of Shakespeare and explore its DNA. This will also know whether the poet tried marijuana

A team of scientists from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, spoke in favor of the exhumation of the remains of William Shakespeare, wrote on Monday, the British newspaper Daily Telegraph.

“Given the extraordinary success of the exhumation of the skeleton of Richard III, we see the potential in the analysis of the DNA of the poet” - leads edition of the word scientist Francis Thackeray.

However, as the Daily Telegraph, scientists still stops epitaph carved on the tomb of a classic: “Oh, dear friend, for God’s sake, you dust under this stone do not touch, do not disturb Sleep my bones, Cursed be he who touches them “.

“Shakespeare did not say anything about the teeth. Perhaps one day we will be able to explore a very small sample of tooth enamel or hard tissue, which can be used for DNA analysis. Technologies that have been improved, making it possible to study tiny samples,” - said Thackeray.

Analysis of the remains of the playwright will allow, in particular, to obtain information about the diet and lifestyle of Shakespeare, as well as to verify the authenticity of rumors about the use of the classic marijuana, the newspaper writes.

31 March 2015

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