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As Keith Robison worked on making stuffers for a project he was working on, he realized he could "subcontract" writing the DNA space-fillers out. He now thinks his 8-year-old son is the youngest person to write a DNA sequence -- it contains an ode to a cartoon character. Robison does imagine that he'll have to someday sit his son down and explain the "ethics of the whole affair."

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