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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.
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.

The more humans spread, the smaller other mammals get. Elephants, rhinos and hippos had better watch out

What led to this dramatic decline in enormous mammals? According to a new study in the journal Science, the answer is: Us.

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