The Scientist put Jonathon Rothberg, Amy Caudy, Neil Kelleher, and H. Steven Wiley (who serves on the magazine's editorial board) to the task of judging the 60 entries it received as part of its annual Top 10 Innovations competition, which highlights tools and techniques that "have the potential to simplify and streamline work in biology labs." The judges rated Pacific Biosciences' third-generation sequencer the most influential innovation of the year.

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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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