The Huffington Post's Christopher Emdin this week outlines "five major reasons for why youth ... are not likely to have careers in the STEM disciplines." First, Emdin says he has found that most STEM majors have at least one scientist in their family. "They become interested in STEM because they see examples of STEM-minded careers in their own lives," he says.

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This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

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