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Breakthrough of the Year

With Patents, Light Touch Can Be More Useful Than Iron Grip

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

When Science magazine published its annual breakthrough of the year issue last week, one of the contenders for the top scientific advance of the year – an honor that went to the discovery of the Higgs boson – was a new genome editing technique, transcription activator-like effector nucleases or TALENs.

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