Vote for the Breakthrough of the Year

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  • Fixing tiny mutations (using CRISPR to edit DNA and RNA) - for me this is an easy choice for first
followed by
  • Gene therapy success (successful clinical trial to treat childhood neuromuscual disease)
  • Artificial intelligence masters poker (two artificial intelligence programs were able to beat professional poker players)
  • Life at the atomic level (using cryo-electron microscopy to visualize the atomic structures of important biomolecules)
 
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Science selected cosmic convergence (observation of the collision of two neutron stars) as their Breakthrough of the Year.

On 17 August, scientists around the world witnessed something never seen before: One hundred and thirty million light-years away, two neutron stars spiraled into each other in a spectacular explosion that was studied by observatories ranging from gamma ray detectors to radio telescopes. The blast confirmed several key astrophysical models, revealed a birthplace of many heavy elements, and tested the general theory of relativity as never before. That first observation of a neutron-star merger, and the scientific bounty it revealed, is Science’s 2017 Breakthrough of the Year.
http://vis.sciencemag.org/breakthrough2017/finalists/#cosmic-convergence

The winner of the people's choice was gene therapy success (successful clinical trial of using gene therapy to treat childhood neuromuscular disease):
A dramatic success in a small clinical trial buoyed the field of gene therapy this year.

Researchers reported that they had saved the lives of babies born with a fatal inherited neuromuscular disease by adding a missing gene to their spinal neurons. If left untreated, the babies would have died by about age 2. The trial also marks a broader milestone, because the researchers delivered the new gene across the membrane that protects the brain and spinal cord from blood-borne pathogens and toxins. That feat could open the door to using gene therapy to treat other neurodegenerative diseases.
http://vis.sciencemag.org/breakthrough2017/finalists/#gene-therapy

For more see: http://vis.sciencemag.org/breakthrough2017/
 

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