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Dirty Genomes

About 20 percent of nonhuman genomes — including crop plants and model organisms — held in databases are "contaminated" by human DNA, reports The New York Times' Nicholas Wade. Presumably, the researchers who prepared the samples are the ones who accidentally deposited their DNA, according to the University of Connecticut researchers who discovered this effect while looking for a human virus. Organisms like C.

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