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Science  12 Sep 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6202, pp. 1224-1227
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6202.1224

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In science news around the world, Australia's government has blocked a business consortium's plans to dump dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new cancer immunotherapy drug; Australia's Federal Court greenlights gene patenting; NASA will extend seven ongoing planetary missions, including the Mars rover Curiosity; and more. Also, a team of scientists establishes a drifting research station on an ice floe in the Arctic, using a specially designed research hovercraft to assist in their work. And a new report on U.S. bird conservation and populations finds that shorebirds and birds in arid lands are most in need of conservationists' attention. Finally, five researchers who study a cellular system for fixing misfolded proteins, deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease, and breast cancer genetics have won this year's Lasker Awards.