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Eat Your Spinach ... and That HIV Drug, Too

The UK's Guardian writes about pharmaceutical farming, or pharming, as the latest battle in the war surrounding public approval of genetically modified crops. Proponents argue that sticking human genes into plants to produce pharmaceuticals, such as how scientists in south London are using tobacco plants to produce the HIV drug cyanovirin-N, is no different than the decades-old technique of using bacteria. The difference is the potential of cross-contamination, or pharmed plants mixing with the natural food supply and vice versa.

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.