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Science  24 Jan 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6476, pp. 346-347
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6476.346

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In science news around the world, fears grow that a respiratory virus that emerged in China may develop into a global outbreak as new cases are detected in the United States and other countries. NASA prepares to switch off the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope this month because of waning electrical power; it recorded many firsts, including collecting light from an exoplanet for the first time and observing the youngest star ever seen. In Australia, firefighters rescue the only known wild stand of Wollemi pine—a critically endangered species belonging to a type of conifer that dates to the age of dinosaurs—from a wildfire; the country's massive brush fires begin to ebb as rain returns to some areas. Researchers make the first genetically engineered mosquitoes that appear unable to spread any of the four genetically distinct forms of dengue virus, which infects up to 400 million people a year in and near the tropics.

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