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Small Prize, Big Question

At the Kaggle blog, Anthony Goldbloom asks, "What has bioinformatics ever done for us?" He plans to award $100 to the person who provides the best answer, as judged by an expert panel. "The prize is small, but the idea is to stoke discussion," Goldbloom writes, adding that the blog would also host a guest post from the winner about his or her idea of the "single greatest biological discovery made possible by bioinformatics." Entries should be no more than 200 words, and submitted in the comments section of this post by July 30.

HT: Gene Expression

The Scan

mRNA-Based Vaccine on the Way in China

China may soon have its own mRNA-based vaccine, according to Nature News.

Arranged Killing, Fraud Alleged by Prosecutors

The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors allege that the co-founder of a biotech arranged to have a business associate who threatened to expose him as a fraud killed.

Whirlwind Decade of CRISPR

The New York Times looks back at the 10 years since the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues published their CRISPR paper.

PNAS Papers on Blue Cone Monochromacy Structural Variants, HIV-1 Mutant, T-ALL

In PNAS this week: structural variants linked to blue cone monochromacy, HIV-1 variants affecting the matrix protein p17, and more.