NAR’s Breakthrough Articles present high-impact studies answering long-standing questions in the field of nucleic acids research and/or opening up new areas and mechanistic hypotheses for investigation. These articles are chosen by the Editors on the recommendation of Editorial Board Members and Referees. Articles are accompanied by a brief synopsis explaining the findings of the paper and where they fit in the broader context of nucleic acids research. They represent the very best papers published at NAR.

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Meet the Authors

  • The Eugene Bell Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA

  • Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

  • Division of Biophysics, Institute of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

  • Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

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