A study out of the Lawrence Livermore National Lab published recently in Genome Biology has identified a set of DNA oligomers that can be used as part of DNA signatures to tell plasmid vectors from natural plasmids and bacterial genomes.

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Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

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