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"XNA" (Not DNA or RNA) May Form Basis for Life on Exo-Planets

Synthetic biologists have discovered that six other molecules can could store genetic information and pass it on. A host of alternative nucleic acids have been made in labs over the years, but no one has made them work like DNA....
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