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A Day Without Miss Brazil Is Just a Waste

Because you don't have enough blogs to read, here's another one to try: the New York Times science crew has come up with TierneyLab, in which a would-be scientist ("John Tierney always wanted to be a scientist but went into journalism because its peer-review process was a great deal easier to sneak through") chews over the discoveries of the day. Tierney promises that his blog will "follow the scientific method: experiment to see what works and what doesn’t." He launched the blog yesterday and has so far covered aliens and Miss Brazil, which gives him a gold star in our book.

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.