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Institute/Center: Oficina Técnica de DIGITAL.CSIC, URICI (CSIC)

Author: Román-Molina, Juan

Margarita Salas is the recipient of EPO Popular Prize and Lifetime achievement. The Spanish molecular genetics pioneer invented a faster, simpler and more reliable way to replicate traces of DNA into quantities large enough for full genomic testing, using the enzyme phi29 DNA polymerase. Her invention is now used widely in oncology, forensics and archaeology. Scientific personal profile at

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EPO Popular Prize and Lifetime achievement 2019