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Cancer Sing-Along


At Improbable Research, Marc Abrahams is drawing attention to University of Wuerzburg researcher Roland Houben's latest try at making science accessible. Houben adapted Sting's song "The Russians" into a simple explanation of how the p53 tumor suppressor protein works to prevent cancer. About a month ago, Houben and his team also adapted Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath" to explain their work.

The Scan

Unwrapping Mummies' Faces

LiveScience reports that Parabon NanoLabs researchers have reconstructed how three Egyptian mummies may have looked.

Study on Hold

The Spectrum 10K study has been put on hold due to a backlash, leading the researchers to conduct consultations with the autism community, Nature News reports.

Others Out There Already

Reuters reports that Sanofi is no longer developing an mRNA-based vaccine for SARS-CoV-2.

PNAS Papers on GWAS False Discovery, PRAMEF2 Role in Tumorigenesis, RNA Virus Reverse Genetics

In PNAS this week: strategy to account for GWAS false-discovery rates, role of PRAMEF2 in cancer development, and more.