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Enrico Fermi and Richard Garwin

GREAT MINDS  Physicists Enrico Fermi (left, shown in the 1940s) and Richard Garwin (right, in the 1960s) are the subjects of two new books.

bubble boy

EDITING OUT DISEASE  Gene therapy can cure a genetic disease called severe combined immunodeficiency, or “bubble boy,” disease. Using new gene editing techniques like CRISPR/Cas9 to treat genetic diseases is fine under certain conditions, but it should not be used to enhance people, a panel of experts says.

woman scientist reading an article

Scientists often pride themselves on avoiding bias. But when asked to pick scientific reviewers, scientists tend to suggest too few women, a new study shows.

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