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Yale University was awarded US Patent Number 6,255,082 for a technique of amplifying and cloning long nucleic acid sequences. The patent, "Artificial long terminal repeat vectors," covers a method in which an artificial long terminal repeat (ALTR) sequence is affixed to the end of a nucleic acid molecule and primed at multiple locations, then initiates replication at each primer through strand displacement.

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