Here's a BBC story about a team of scientists in Florence who want to exhume the remains of Galileo Galilei with the goal of testing his DNA to figure out why he went blind. They also plan to compare his DNA to that of the woman he's buried with to confirm that she's his daughter. But the rector of the basilica housing the remains opposes the idea, describing it as disrespectful, according to the article.

 

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