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Spats, sniping and science: The rows behind the Nobels

from Nature

If the predictions are to be believed, this could be a rip-roaring Nobel Prize season. Each year, Nobel soothsayers offer preseason prophecies about who will win the awards, which are announced in early October. This year's crop of predictions is wading into controversial territory. Several have homed in on CRISPR–Cas9 gene editing — a relatively quick and easy method for altering genomes — as a possible winner. In physics, predictions are coalescing around a team at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) that, earlier this year, ended a century-long quest to detect the gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein. more

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