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"There is fantastic information in books. Often when I do a search, what is in a book is miles ahead of what I find on a Web site." —Sergey Brin (Google co-founder)
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Combine terms using AND and OR
|"genetically modified organisms"||2,502|
|(gmo OR "genetically modified organisms")||4,380|
(gmo OR "genetically modified organisms") AND hunger
|(gmo OR "genetically modified organisms") AND (hunger OR famine)||40|
|(gmo OR "genetically modified organisms") AND (hunger OR famine OR drought)||96|
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