Wired Science: Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2009

Wired has published their top-10 list of favourite scientific breakthroughs of 2009.

With so many incredible scientific advances and discoveries this year, Wired Science had a tough time choosing which 10 were the biggest. So, we went with the ones that stood out for us. From the amazing collective power of jellyfish, to a new human ancestor, to a cancer-detecting breathalyzer test, these stories made our list of kick-ass science in 2009.

Here it is:

  1. Gene Therapy Makes a Comeback
  2. Ardi Usurps Lucy
  3. Schizophrenia in the Genome
  4. Life Extension Breakthrough (for Rodents)
  5. Bisphenol A in Plastics Harms Humans
  6. Jellyfish Stir Oceans
  7. Computer Program Predicts Drug Side Effects
  8. Breathalyzer Detects Lung Cancer
  9. Progress Toward a Vaccine for Dengue Fever
  10. Element 114 Confirmed

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