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Scientists just discovered a strange new DNA shape lurking in human cells

But what does it do?
an illustration of DNA

What a twist!

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

The discovery of DNA as a double helix is a hallowed story of scientific triumph—the work of four researchers merging together to solve one of science’s biggest mysteries, giving birth to what we know as the field of modern genetics. But decades later, we’re still learning that DNA is a more furiously complicated piece of biological machinery than we ever knew.

For the first time ever, scientists have just discovered a new shape of DNA lurking inside human cells. In a study , a team of

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