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Science  31 May 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6443, pp. 808-810
DOI: 10.1126/science.364.6443.808

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In science news around the world, Murray Gell-Mann, who in 1961 predicted the existence of quarks and won the Nobel Prize in Physics, dies at age 89. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a new gene therapy, for a neuromuscular disease called spinal muscular atrophy, that stands to become the most expensive drug ever at a cost of $2.1 million. Malaria's global footprint becomes a little smaller as the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, declares Argentina and Algeria free of the mosquito-borne disease. Botswana draws criticism from conservationists for making it legal again to kill elephants, lions, and other large mammals commonly sought by trophy hunters. South Korea plans a big boost in spending on R&D of new drugs and devices, to $3.4 billion by 2025. An analysis finds that fishing fleets worldwide have doubled since 1950, but as fish stocks have become strained, the vessels are catching only 20% as much fish for the same amount of effort.

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