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It's not as if forensic scientists are in the line of fire (like many of the crime victims were), but the work can be stressful. Part of the job involves appearing as a witness in court, and being grilled by eager, energetic attorneys primed to win at all costs. Also, every day scientists analyze some pretty gruesome stuff. If you're stressed out by glimpsing the dark side of human nature, maybe you should think about doing something else, like baking cookies.