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Biomedical Boon

The Boston Globe reports that the US stimulus funds has been a good for Massachusetts' biomedical sector. The commonwealth will be receiving $178 million, second only to California's $244 million. According to the Globe:

While the stimulus funds are dwarfed by what Massachusetts researchers get annually from the NIH — $2.25 billion last year — federal funding for biomedical research has been flat for most of this decade, so the new money is having a significant effect at research universities, teaching hospitals, and private labs.

NPR's Health Blog adds that ARRA far-reaching effectis having a . At the University of Guam "a $79,000 stimulus grant to the biology department will allow the purchase of a desktop scanning electron microscope."

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.