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The Genographic Project Produces Data

Starting in 2005, the Genographic Project began to use genetics to unravel anthropological questions such as, did humans and Neandertals interbreed? In today's PLoS Genetics, the researchers, supported by the National Geographic Society and IBM, released their database of 78,590 mtDNA variants contributed by members of the public. (A separate database of samples from indigenous people will be released separately, says blogger Hsein-Hsein Lei.) As for human/Neandertal offspring, the Genographic Project director Spencer Wells told Wired, "We don't see any Neanderthal lineages in the European gene pool."

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.