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Who were the science big shots of 2013? Nature has list of 10 people it says were behind some of the biggest science news stories of the year.

Included in that top 10 is Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Feng Zhang, who has been working on using the CRISPR/CAS genome editing system. CRISPR “allows us to start to make corrections in the genome," Zhang tells Nature. “Because it’s easy to program, it will open up the door to addressing mutations that affect few people but are very devastating.”

Also ranked is Tania Simoncelli, a science policy advisor at the American Civil Liberties Union, who was instrumental in the organization's gene patenting case against Myriad Genetics. Simoncelli now works at on forensic science at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Nature notes that this is "a project that brings her back to the intersection of science and justice."

Nature also points out a few people to keep an eye on in 2014, such as Masayo Takahashi at the Riken Center for Developmental Biology, who is working on using iPS cells to treat macular degeneration, and Gordon Sanghera, the chief executive of Oxford Nanopore.

Who would you put on your list?

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.