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2011 Recap: Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs

  1. Jan 9, 2012 #1
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    Drakkith

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    Huh, I didn't know that Neanderthals bred with us, nor did I know about the other species that we had back then!
     
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    I see evidence of it daily.
     
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    You owe me a new keyboard...and a drink refill!
     
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    I am a man! Not a monster! Is that a hump on my back?
     
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    I found the one about pictures from mental/brain processes to be the most astonishing/intriguing. I mean, is it actually possible that we might be able to see what people are thinking or perceiving? It boggles my (admittedly easily boggled) mind.
     
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    They missed a pretty big one in the finding that treating pre-symptomatic HIV-infected people with antiretroviral drugs reduces their risk of transmitting the virus by 96% (M. S. Cohen et al., 2011 Prevention of HIV-1 Infection with Early Antiretroviral Therapy. N. Engl. J. Med. 365: 493-505 doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1105243). The journal Science described this finding as their Breakthrough of the Year.

    In the field I work in, molecular biophysics, some of the most exciting discoveries were: the first crystal structure of the complex between a G-protein coupled receptor and its G-protein (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature10361 [Broken]) which provides fundamental insights into an important family of proteins involved in cell signalling; and the development of fluorescent voltage-sensitive proteins that can detect action potentials in neurons (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nmeth.1782 [Broken]), which promises to enable some very exciting new experiments in neurobiology.
     
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    They missed this one, IMHO at least: Color Coded surgery. Identifies cancer cells during surgery, ensuring more of them are removed. Very cool.

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    How about the first synthetic trachea? An excellent piece of work showing the potential of regenerative medicine in future medicine.
     
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    That one about postponing disease in rats is a step backward if you ask me.
     
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    I read the article, could you put it into layman's terms, with an analogy that I can wrap my mind around.
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