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Science  05 Jan 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6371, pp. 10-12
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6371.10

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Science's news staff predicts areas of research and policy likely to be in the news this year. Among them: Astronomers may generate a dazzling image of the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy, and new sources of ancient DNA should amplify the power of this molecular relic to shed light on the origins and diversity of human ancestors. A European court is expected to rule on whether gene-edited crops are subject to regulations on organisms modified using other genetic engineering techniques. In clinical research, scientists will test whether injectable, long-lasting antiretroviral drugs work as well as pills taken daily to treat HIV. And many scientists, energized by their opposition to the science and environmental policies of U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican-controlled Congress, are running for office.