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2020 Science Olympiad Rules Clarifications/Changes
9/16/19 (Division C) 3.f.v. should read, edits in bold: "the Hill Cipher - Encrypting plaintext or decrypting ciphertext with a 2x2 encryption matrix or 3x3 decryption matrix provided” (the word Encrypting was misspelled)
9/16/19 (Divisions B and C) Page 2, Column 2, Row 8, should read, edits in bold: “Species H. sapiens” (sapiens should be plural)
9/16/19 (Divisions B and C) on the Official Bird List, Page 2, Column 3, Last Row, should read, edits in bold: "European Starling Sturnus vulgaris” (The word Sturnus was misspelled)
10/8/19 (Division C) 3. Part I: The Pre-Built Model a. should read, edits in bold: a. Participants will use the program Jmol/JSmol to visualize cytidine deaminase (chain A, residues 31-145) based on data found in the 5keg.pdb file. The atomic coordinate data file… (Replaces "deaminase (chain A, residues 214-310)" based on data found in the "5td5.pdb file".)