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The Scientist profiles Aaron Chiechanover, who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation ― a determination he made as part of his PhD thesis. “We didn’t set out to identify ubiquitin. We didn’t know anything about ubiquitin or its function,” Ciechanover tellsThe Scientist. “We were studying intracellular proteolysis and we bumped into it.”

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

Researchers have developed a set of 10 principles to guide how a list of all species on earth should be put together, the Guardian reports.

Wired reports on a new firm developing a gene writing approach for therapeutic genome changes.

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