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Plasmid, Virus or Other? DNA ‘Borgs’ Blur Boundaries. – Quanta Magazine

Scientists have reported large DNA structures in some archaea that defy easy categorization.

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When the microbiologist Jillian Banfield and her colleagues started combing through samples of mud from wetland environments three years ago, they had a specific goal in mind: to recover and analyze fragments of DNA from large bacteria-killing viruses….

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