Volume 227 Issue 5262, 5 September 1970

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    Investigations ranging from tissue culture to animal communication are rapidly providing deeper insights into the mechanisms of brain and behaviour.

    • FRANCIS O. SCHMITT
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    The highlights of a year when microorganisms have proved more productive than ever for studying the genetic apparatus of cells have been the isolation and synthesis of DNA genes and the sequencing of RNA phage genes. First steps have been taken towards characterizing the enzymes which synthesize DNA and degrade RNA in bacterial cells. Protein synthesis in mammals is initiated in a way similar to bacteria; this supports the idea that the mechanisms of heredity are universal even in their details. A breakthrough in understanding the action of RNA tumour viruses has been the finding that they reverse the central dogma of molecular biology by directing synthesis of DNA.

    • BENJAMIN LEWIN
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    During the past year the results of deep sea drilling and other geophysical investigations have continued to strengthen the concepts of sea floor spreading and plate tectonics. Samples of lunar rock, too, have focused attention again on the history of the Earth.

    • F. J. VINE
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    Data provided by accelerators in various parts of the world have given high energy physicists plenty to think about during the past year.

    • RICHARD WILSON

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