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Deborah Netburn

Deborah Netburn is a science reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She began her journalism career at the New York Observer in 1999, and has covered residential real estate, rich kids in Manhattan, entertainment, home and garden, national news, and technology. She has worked at the Los Angeles Times since 2006.
A pileup of 14 distant galaxies is set to become the most massive structure in the universe

Peering deep into space, astronomers have witnessed the beginnings of a gargantuan cosmic pileup, the impending collision of 14 young, gas-rich galaxies that are rapidly forming stars. This ancient megamerger is destined to evolve into one of the most massive structures in the known Universe.

In human cells, scientists find DNA that looks like a twisted knot instead of a double helix

For the first time, researchers have seen a new DNA structure — called the i-motif — inside cells. It’s a twisted “knot” of four strands.

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