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Gloomy Future for Stem Cells

Though the US Senate approved legislation that would lift restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, President George W. Bush has already promised that he will veto any such law that comes his way, according to this wire article. He's quoted in the article as saying, "This bill crosses a moral line that I and many others find troubling."

In the current GTO poll, the majority of readers indicate that they believe some restrictions on stem cell funding are acceptable, but that the current laws are too strict.


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.