Writing in PLoS Biology this week, Gerald Joyce at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., says that because "all known examples of life belong to the same biology," the increasing enthusiasm among researchers regarding alternative life forms ought to be kept in check.

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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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Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

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