The new issue of Science features a “Scorecard” considering 2011′s “Areas to Watch.” So how did last year’s most anticipated breakthroughs fare? Since many Culture of Science readers don’t have access to the piece, here’s my summary of the results:
2) Adaptation genes were expected to be big in 2011 and the journal is mixed on the outcome. While there were several important papers, “most of these efforts have not yielded promised gene finds.” That said, I predict major developments on the way.
3) No laser fusion yet.
4) There has been progress in studying the development of antibodies for a wide range of flu and HIV variants, but scientists haven’t created broad ranging vaccines. Maybe one day.
5) Electric cars haven’t been widely adopted, but there are more of them on the road.
6) Finally some encouraging news: The results of the most recent malaria vaccine trial has met “modest expectations.”
Not bad. So what are you anticipating most for 2012?