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I am so small that you can't see,
The building blocks that make up me.
Yet miles long is the true case,
I'm full of holes, just like lace.
Small changes can be good or bad,
They make you strong or really sad.
In you, your dog, cat, and mouse,
Quite a lot inside your house.
So let's determine now, account,
Grasp the last line's clue and mount.

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  • $\begingroup$ So, this was apparently too easy, but I'll give an upvote to anyone who can catch all of the clues. The last one has yet to be noticed. $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Mar 16 '15 at 15:28
  • $\begingroup$ Hard to understand which is the last line... If you refer to Quite a lot inside your house. it could be referred to the fact that it's said that almost 80% of the dust in your house is actually skin cells and hair. Luckily that's not true (phew!) $\endgroup$ – Narmer Mar 16 '15 at 15:35
  • $\begingroup$ The last clue is in the second to the last line. $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Mar 16 '15 at 15:41
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I think it is

DNA

I am so small that you can't see

The building blocks that make up me

We all are build from DNA blocks, each is few nanometers long

Yet miles long is the true case

In some sources you can find that unchained DNA sequence is up to 3.85 × 10^8 meters long

I'm full of holes, just like lace

DNA chain looks likes shoe lace

Small changes can be good or bad

They make you strong or really sad

Some changes in DNA sequence can be useful (for example, evolution make you adapted to envinronment), or not (mutation can cause diseases)

In you, your dog, cat, and mouse

Quite a lot inside your house

DNA is in every living (human, animal, plant)

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Just an answer to catch the last clue:

So let's determine now, account

This gives the answer as an

acronym: "Determine Now, Account".

Welcome to the fold, fellow riddler! :-) This is what's known as a "lynch mob" clue, because when you've spent ages working out the answer, it can be infuriating (in a good sense) to realise that it was staring you in the face all the time!

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  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done. I spent forever trying to figure out how to work it in, so I wanted someone to catch it. $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Mar 16 '15 at 16:07
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I think that it could be...

DNA

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  • $\begingroup$ Why? Give me some explanation as to how it fits into the clues. $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Mar 16 '15 at 15:10
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, was writing when you posted... $\endgroup$ – Narmer Mar 16 '15 at 15:17
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Solution:

DNA

I am so small that you can't see,
The building blocks that make up me.

Without an electronic microscope is quite difficult to actually see the four bases.

Yet miles long is the true case,

DNA is quite long

I'm full of holes, just like lace.

Yep

Small changes can be good or bad, They make you strong or really sad.

Little mutations in the DNA can lead to every kind of emotion/status

In you, your dog, cat, and mouse, Quite a lot inside your house.

Every living creature has DNA structure

So let's determine now, account, Grasp the last line's clue and mount.

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