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Biofuel Gaining Steam

The Joint Genome Institute has gotten attention lately as its poking and prodding of microbes, plants, and other organisms gives increasing reality to the hope for biofuel alternatives. This article reports on biofuel news out of the AAAS meeting, as well as updates on JGI work.

And that gives us a reason to link to this press release from energy company BP, which at the beginning of this month announced a $500 million research program into biofuels with academic partners at the University of California, Berkeley; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

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.