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Discussing the Treasure Trove

Whitehead Institute founding member Robert Weinberg discusses the behavior of cancer cells over at MIT's Technology Review. In this question and answer piece, Weinberg suggests that metastases arise from cancer cells' ability to tap into embryonic behaviors to move about, invade tissues, and ignore calls for apoptosis. But, he adds that "cancer cells are not as clever as we think they are" since they don't turn on old behaviors systematically.

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.