A post on Omics! Omics! talks about whether or not all viruses are bad. Author Keith Robison points out that in the case of diphtheria, for example, the bacterial host is actually helped by the toxic virus it incorporates into its own genome.

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

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