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A tiny Big Deal: Inserting DNA into a single cell

Once in a while it’s important to remind ourselves that not all important advances in science and technology are big (think of the Large Hadron Collider), wide ranging (like stem cell medicine), or controversial (global warming). Sometimes the advances are tiny (physically), quiet (taking place in research centers not in the media mainstream), and incremental […]
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Finding a way to use plasmids for genetic manipulation

Some of the more important new techniques of bioengineering seek to use pathways and processes that already exist in nature. In this case, the researchers looked into the ability of plasmids to transfer genetic information between different kinds of cells. This needs some explanation.
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