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Difficulties Abound

As part of its Evidence Gap series, the New York Times has a backgrounder on the obstacles facing personalized medicine -- getting pharmaceutical companies to develop tests, insurance companies to cover the cost, and doctors to order the test. It also goes into the confusion of contradictory validation study results as well as from inconclusive test results, saying it is not always clear what should be done medically.

 

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.