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Life sciences/Cell biology

Junyue Cao is the grand prize winner of the 2020 Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists, for his technologies to track the formation of individual cells as they arise in a whole organism.

Science has chosen single-cell analyses of gene activity through time as its 2018 Breakthrough of the Year , honoring a trifecta of methods that together are enabling researchers to determine, at the individual cell level, which genes are turned on and off as an early embryo develops.

Lyudmila Trut, co-author of How to Tame a Fox, which won the 2018 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, provides her remarks in accepting the prize.