It's the time of year for lists and navel-gazing. Science named the first quantum machine as the breakthrough of the year. The runners-up, though, included synthetic genomes, the sequencing of the Neandertal genome, next-gen genomics, and exome sequencing, showing that the 'omics fields have a bit to offer.

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