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Because Francis Collins Is Sooo Frightening

The New Scientist's Amanda Gefter says that the Discovery Institute has "given up the game and acknowledged that their concerns are religious after all" and that the shift is due not to Richard Dawkins, but to Francis Collins. The Discovery Institute recently launched a website called Faith and Evolution that says that one cannot be a Christian and accept evolution -- Gefter suspects the site is in response to Collins' BioLogos Foundation, which promotes theistic evolution. "The Discovery Institute has now made it crystal clear that they have no interest in reconciling science and religion – instead, they want their brand of religion to replace science," Gefter adds.

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.