Celebrating a Year of Science

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Science  19 Dec 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5909, pp. 1757
DOI: 10.1126/science.1169562

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In this final issue of the year, Science continues a tradition by presenting our selections for the 10 major scientific breakthroughs of 2008. At the top of the list: the rapidly expanding field of cell reprogramming, which began with a seminal discovery in 2006 and this year reached the stage where much new knowledge of both fundamental and applied significance is being harvested. And the runner-up: the first direct observations of planets orbiting distant Sun-like stars.