A New Way

A new approach to studying bacteria bypasses the petri dish, but still allows researchers to get lots of sequencing information, reports Discover's 80beats blog. "Pairing a new algorithm with an earlier technique, scientists from the Venter Institute and their collaborators can now get all that information from a single cell," 80beats says.

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Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

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