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On NPR's On the Media, Brooke Gladstone spoke with bioethicist David Magnus about direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Magnus says that people have a right to their own genetic information but not necessarily in an "unencumbered" fashion since even savvy people misunderstand genetic risk. He says direct access can be worked up to when the tests are standardized and people have a "clear understanding of what the harms are." At Genomeboy, Misha Angrist wonders, "But who will decide exactly when 'people start to understand the information pretty well?'"

 

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.