Who says science is a sober discipline? This year's events were the stuff of high drama: tall claims, outlandish ideas and outright liesâ€”and from well-regarded teamsâ€”all made the news. But there was also much to applaud, including the debut of much-needed vaccines, the return of the pesticide DDT to fight malaria and an infusion of cash into strapped areas of research. In the following pages, we revisit the year's best, brightest and most ridiculous moments, and take a shot at predicting what next year will bring.
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VOLUME 12 | NUMBER 12 | DECEMBER 2006 NATURE MEDICINE