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Want to Be a Molecular Biologist? 'Learn Computer Programming' and Physics

Ethan Siegel offers some "advice for young aspiring scientists" at Starts with a Bang! this week. In emphasizing the importance of mathematics, the blogger says that "learning math up through and including calculus should provide you with all of the tools you'll need to head down any scientific path." He also suggests that students interested in pursuing careers in research should learn "a good deal about the three major sciences" — chemistry, biology, and physics — because "you will learn valuable ways of thinking and problem solving from each course that are distinct from the other two." Finally, Siegel says that young aspiring scientists should make an effort to learn computer programming, though "not just computer science or computer usage," he says. "If you're going to become a scientist, you're going to need to know how to make a machine do repetitive tasks that no one has made it do before," Siegel 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.