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Genetic Genealogy: More Than Just a Hobby?

At VentureBeat, David Hamilton points out the fact that Ancestry.com has just launched a genetic testing service, adding to the enthusiasm for what low-cost sequencing and genotyping might be able to do for tracing one's genealogy. (Shh...don't tell Watson about the fact that, according to tests, we've all got African ancestry.) Hamilton echoes warnings that might tame the hype, or at least make us better consumers, saying, "Like anything else, of course, you should probably have a good sense of what you’re getting into before you start forking over hundreds of dollars for genetics tests."

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.