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Change is Overrated

Researchers led by Robert Waterston compared the genomes of Caenorhabditis elegans and Caenorhabditis briggsae and report in PLoS Biology that chromosomal organization may affect an organism's fitness. By looking at these two strains of Caenorhabditis, whose most recent common ancestor lived about 100 million years ago, they discovered that their chromosomes shared a similar architecture – genes pretty much stayed on the same chromosome and only a few intrachromasomal rearrangements occurred.

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.