Science’s Top 10 Breakthroughs for 2013

The #1 spot on the annual top 10 list of the journal Science for 2013 went to cancer immunotherapy.  A wide array of topic befitting the broad scope of Science round out 2013’s top 10 list. Some new laboratory techniques made the list: a gene editing technique called CRISPR, and an imaging technique called CLARITY. Vaccine design using structural biology, deriving stem cells from human cloned embryos, learning that we sleep is essentially giving our brains a bath to keep them clean, progress toward growing human organs in vitro, and increased understanding of the role of our personal microbial flora in our health were key biomedical items on the list this year. And, we learned that debris clouds from supernovae are the source of cosmic rays.

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