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Here's a riddle: If an alien life form is, well, alien, how will we know what it is? DNA and RNA are the building blocks of life on Earth, but the molecules of life might differ substantially on another planet. So if scientists combing, say, the potentially habitable waters of Jupiter's moon Europa were to stumble across a new life form, how could they know what they had discovered?

Cockroaches have been one of humanity's most unwanted, yet admirably persistent, roommates for thousands of years. But despite our reluctant intimacy, there's still a lot we don't understand about these insects. A new study, published this week in Nature Communication, unpacks the genes that make roaches tick -
and helps explain why they're so damn hard to get rid of.

At a San Francisco biotech conference on Monday, DNA sequencing giant Illumina announced the launch of a new DNA sequencer that could push the cost of decrypting the human genome from $US1000 ($1358) to just $US100 ($136).