NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DNA evidence has verified that remains found in two graves near the Russian city of Yekaterinburg belonged to the Romanovs, Russia's last royal family. The research, scheduled to appear online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, confirm that Czar Nicholas II and his entire nuclear family were killed during the Russian Civil War.

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