Scientists to Test Joan of Arc Remains.

A team of French scientists is planning to analyze whether a supposed remain of Joan of Arc is really hers.

The tests, which will take six months, will not be able to say with certainty that the remains are Joan of Arc's, because there is no known DNA sample from her to compare them with, said Dr. Philippe Charlier of the Raymond-Poincare Hospital in Garches, west of Paris.

But the analyses will determine with "absolute certitude" if the remains could not be hers, Charlier said at a news conference.

No DNA comparison can be done with possible descendants since Joan of Arc's supposed family tree is "probably false," he said.


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