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Two New York City high school students took to the streets to collect more than 200 samples, including hair from classmates, food, and cockroaches, to examine their DNA barcodes, reports NPR's health blog Shot. Brenda Tan and Matt Cost confirmed that their classmates were human (shucks) and identified some mislabeled food. They might have, though, identified a new species of cockroach.

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