Some bacteria can take in DNA from the environment and add those pieces to their own genome, writes Michael Marshall at the New Scientist. This, he adds, is an often-overlooked mechanism of evolution.
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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.
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