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Children of the 90s: Coming of age

Researchers in Britain have tracked thousands of children since their birth in the 1990s. Now the study is 21, and turning to the next generation.

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Pearson, H. Children of the 90s: Coming of age. Nature 484, 155–158 (2012).

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