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Nobel Prize predictions see honors for gene editing technology

Scientists behind the discovery of a technology called CRISPR-Cas9 that allows researchers to edit virtually any gene they target are among the top contenders for Nobel prizes next month, according to an annual analysis by Thomson Reuters.

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Best of Last Week – Pondering future of inflation theory, an enclosed tube maglev and arguing about contacting aliens

(Phys.org) -Last week was a big one for space science, as it was announced that astronomers created the first realistic virtual universe-a computer simulation called “Illustris” that is able to recreate 13 billion years of cosmic evolution in a cube, with 350 million light-years represented on a side. Scientists hope to use it like a time machine.