DNA is contributing to crime fighting in more than one way, says Scientific American. Danish researchers who sequenced DNA from the Stone Age were able to come up with a portrait of what their subject may have looked like, down to the shape of his teeth and his chances of being bald. Scientific American's Christine Soares says this development could mark the next step in forensic science.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

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