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Finding the Right Fit

Dan, a blogger at Bitesize Bio, sums up five characteristics young scientists should look for in a mentor. The major one, he says, is letting students take public credit for work they did by actually getting their name on a paper or speaking at a conference. Mentors should also have a balance between letting students do their own thing and dictating what students should do. Another one he emphasizes is enthusiasm — it’s infectious.

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.