To safeguard against contamination or accidental DNA transfer, particularly in forensic laboratories, Boise State University researchers developed a 120-basepair tag to be used as a way to identify samples. As they report in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, these nullomer barcodes, made up of DNA sequences that are not found in people, could be added to collection devices so DNA samples are tagged upon collection.

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