March 20, 2014 | David

Can you discover what people look like by analysing a strand of their hair? It sounds like sci-fi to me, but new genetic research brings it a step closer to reality.

Researchers matched facial features of 592 study participants to markers in their genes. The results can now be used to crudely predict the facial structure of other people based on their DNA.

It's impressive and will only get more accurate. But it has its limits. My DNA won't reveal that I broke my nose when I was 23!


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