Fudan University in Shanghai is to study China's historical figures such as Confucius and the early emperors through modern DNA technology, Beijing Times reports.
The studies follow the latest findings published on Monday on Cao Cao, a warlord who lived nearly 2,000 years ago in final years of the Eastern Han Dynasty. It debunked rumors that Cao's father Cao Song was fostered by comparing the DNA of Cao's living descendents and that found in the teeth of Cao's grandfather.
Han Sheng from Fudan University, who led the Cao Cao research, says it is a breakthrough in the fields of both genetics and historical studies.
"We hope to solve historical issues with modern technology. It would mean a lot if we could examine history using DNA studies of people today," Han says.
The report says the findings on Confucius and China's early emperors will help drive forward political history research in China.