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Bala at Bitesize Bio posts a protocol that is even faster than colony PCR to detect cloned inserts. This "quick and dirty" method, called colony cracking, begins by lysing a colony and running the extract on a gel. The clones are then identified based on their mobility. Plasmids with inserts, being bigger, will travel more slowly than plasmids without them.

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Three genetic testing companies form a coalition to influence how Congress considers genetic privacy, The Hill reports.

University of California, San Diego researchers investigate how skin care products influence the skin microbiome, Scientific American reports.

The Wall Street Journal examines billing codes used by uBiome.

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