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The Decade of Biology

In the Guardian, Ian Sample writes that the last 10 years saw the "rise of biology" and that genetics was central to that move to the forefront. The first step, he says, was the sequencing of the human genome early in the decade. That then led to better sequencing technology and the sequencing of many organisms and then to uncovering variants linked to disease. "Scientific revolutions have a long history of taking humans down a peg or two," Sample writes.

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Nature News reports on the US National Science Foundation's investigations of undisclosed foreign ties among researchers it funds.

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