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The Phoenix mission put a robotic lab on the Arctic plains of Mars. The HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter continues to transmit photographs of the Martian surface. The UA Steward Observatory Mirror Lab crafts some of the largest mirrors in the world for telescopes. Biosphere 2 offers a unique opportunity to study climate change on a large scale. The UA Hammer Lab is using DNA databases to track down the origin of mankind. BIO5 is bringing together researchers across disciplines to create medical advancements. The Critical Path Institute is finding ways to bring life-saving drugs to the market more quickly.

Tucson has become a veritable petri dish of scientific investigation and advancement.

In the upcoming months, we'll bring you stories from the frontiers of science here in Tucson. We begin this week with a peek inside Biosphere 2, a conversation with UA College of Sciences Dean Joaquin Ruiz and a brief survey of just a few of the amazing projects underway in the UA College of Science.

Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel teaches in the UA School of Journalism.

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