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The Award for Most Innovative Goes to ... Evolution

In a recent study published in PNAS, scientists at the University of Zurich used statistical models to examine how evolutionary innovation in gene expression patterns is maintained. By studying graphs of genotypes for regulatory networks and resulting phenotypes, they found that there are many random genotypes that exist side by side and lead to the same phenotype, proof that in the long term, genetic mutations in regulatory networks lead to robust phenotypes.

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.