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As I Understand It, Embryonic Stem Cells are Delivered by a Stork

Lawrence Krauss, a science professor at Case Western Reserve University, has a commentary piece in the Wall Street Journal calling for -- of all things -- a solid grasp of science in the next US president. He notes that in an early Republican debate this year, three candidates said they did not believe in evolution; in the next debate, candidate "Mike Huckabee explained that he was running for president of the US, not writing the curriculum for an eighth-grade science book, and therefore the issue was unimportant," according to the essay. (Good save, Mike. Good save.)

Krauss is a member of a group called ScienceDebate2008, which he says will call for a "presidential debate devoted to science and technology" covering three topics: health and medicine, environment, and science/tech policy. Now that's one debate GTO would actually tune in for.


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.