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In Science this week, an international team led by investigators in France reports on "the transcriptomes of Bacillus subtilis exposed to a wide range of environmental and nutritional conditions that the organism might encounter in nature." The team presents a "global classification of promoters and detailed description of TUs [transcription units]," which it says shows that "a large proportion of the detected antisense RNAs arose from potentially spurious transcription initiation by alternative sigma factors

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