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Honoring Weird Science

A ceremony was held at Harvard to hand out the annual Ig Nobel Prizes, says this AP article. The award is given by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for "oddball but often surprisingly practical scientific achievements," some of which included that Coke acts as a spermicide, foods that sound better taste better, and exotic dancers make more money when they are at peak fertility. A full list of winners is listed in the story.

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.