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Institute for Basic Science

This reprint collection marks the tenth anniversary of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in South Korea. It consists of eight papers published in the Nature family of journals that report some of the many advances made by IBS researchers in fields as diverse as cosmology, spintronics, neuroscience and atmospheric dynamics. A feature highlights research done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the critical role of the vascular system in the pathogenesis of major diseases, and an underground facility that is being used to hunt for dark matter.

This collection of articles from Nature Portfolio journals is produced with support from the Institute for Basic Science. The Institute for Basic Science retains sole responsibility for the selection of articles.


The Institute for Basic Science has come along way in its first decade of existence and has even higher aspirations for the future.

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South Korea’s Institute for Basic Science (IBS) has revolutionized the country’s approach to the type of fundamental research that underpins breakthroughs with the potential to change society. With IBS in its tenth year, researchers reflect on what makes IBS so valuable and what the next decades will bring.

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In fewer than 10 years the Institute for Basic Science has evolved from an idea to a multi-disciplinary web of 30 research centres tackling some of the most fundamental scientific questions of our time.

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A focus on basic research is shifting scientific resources from Seoul to South Korea's central city.

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Our current understanding of the spatio-temporal complexity of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation phenomenon is reviewed and a unifying framework that identifies the key factors for this complexity is proposed.

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Research Highlights

The equator could bear the brunt of global warming thanks to fossil fuel emissions at higher latitudes

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Adenine base editors make few errors, but greater precision is still needed ahead of their use in the clinic

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Enzymes put different nucleotides onto messenger RNA tails to protect the molecules from degradation

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