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    The use and development of sophisticated computing capabilities to analyse and solve real-world, challenging problems has undoubtedly revolutionized the way researchers do science.

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    This collection highlights the contributions of Electrospray Ionization and Orbitrap to the emergence of biological mass spectrometry, and the progress made in characterizing the human proteome in health and disease.

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    The UN General Assembly proclaimed that 2020 is the International Year of Plant Health to recognize and protect plant health, and to raise awareness of the crucial role of plant health in ecosystem health, food security and human health. Plants host diverse microbial communities that are associated with plant roots, the phyllosphere, rhizosphere and the endosphere, and comprise bacteria, fungi, protists, nematodes and viruses. Numerous studies from different fields of research have expanded our knowledge of the complex interactions between the plant, the associated microbial communities as well as the environment, and provided insights into the ecology and functions of this co-association, including the appreciation that the plant microbiota is important for plant growth, fitness, stress resilience and health. Such an increased understanding opens up the possibility to harness plant-associated communities for sustainable plant production and agricultural practises and to protect plants from the effects of climate change and human activities that lead to a decrease in biodiversity and the spread of plant diseases. This Collection contains Reviews and Research articles from across the Nature group of journals that cover the latest advances in plant microbiome research, addressing critical knowledge gaps that need to be addressed, such as a better understanding of the assembly of the plant-associated microbial communities, their dynamics, metabolic interactions or functional properties.

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    The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their pioneering work in gene-editing.

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    We present this Collection of research, review and comment from Nature Research to celebrate the award of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics to Roger Penrose “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity” and to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our Galaxy”.

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    Liver cancer research highlights from Nature Communications

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    This collection of research, review and comment from Nature Research celebrates the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice "for the discovery of hepatitis C virus".

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    Breast cancer research highlights from Nature Communications

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    Computational models and digitally acquired data are increasingly becoming integrated into the decision making process with respect to pandemic control. Nation-wide lockdowns have been issued or released based on results from model simulation outputs. In this collection, we highlight research published in Nature Communications contributing to the development of a more prepared and transparent disease surveillance system, using the wealth of digital data on human behaviour and health, without compromising privacy rights.

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    In this collection we highlight a selection of recent computational studies published in Nature Communications, featuring advances in computational chemistry methods and progress towards machine learning approaches.

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    The boundary between land and sea, coasts are unique systems with critical importance. This collection and editorial showcase research in coastal science under themes of biogeochemistry, ecology and natural hazards.

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    On the occasion of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September, here is a collection curated by the cancer team at Nature Communications of the latest research on this disease, including a comment piece about how the cell of origin influences ovarian cancer biology, metastasis and response to treatment.

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