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Science has been at the center of important scientific discovery since its founding in 1880—with seed money from Thomas Edison. Today, Science continues to publish the very best in research across the sciences, with articles that consistently rank among the most cited in the world. In the last half century alone, Science published: the entire human genome for the first time, ever-before seen images of the Martian surface the first studies tying AIDS to human immunodeficiency virus.

Science also publishes science-related news, opinions on science and technology policy, and issues of interest to scientists. Unlike most scientific journals that focus on a particular field, Science and its rival, Nature, cover all subjects.