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'Big, Big Trouble'

Science is in "big, big trouble," says Phil Plait at the Bad Astronomy blog. With Republicans planning a reorganization of the committees in the US House of Representatives, two "Texas far-right Republicans" are being considered to head committees on science and energy, something Plait calls "most troubling." Congressman Ralph Hall is set to take over the House Committee on Science and Technology — Hall once tried to kill a science innovation and education bill by adding a rider that made it illegal to pay the salaries of government employees who watch porn on work computers, Plait says. Congressman Joe Barton — who is most famous for apologizing to BP President Tony Hayward "for the government being mean to the oil company" — is being considered to head the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. "Did I mention that Representative Barton has also received more money from the oil and gas industry than any other member of Congress?" Plait adds. "I am not looking forward to the next two years," he says.

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.