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Computer Search for Microbes

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Computer Search for Microbes

Computer Search for Microbes

Computer Search for Microbes

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Researchers have long suspected that some kinds of cancer might be caused by bacteria and viruses. Now there's a new technique that may help identify these intruders and pin down their role in diseases. Scientists found that genetic sequences for these microbes are often hiding in databases of human DNA. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports.