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Is It Still an Open Format if It's Owned by Microsoft?

Microsoft submitted its Open Office XML document format to the International Standards Organization to be considered as a standard that would help other companies and developers and make it easier for files to be shared across software types, says this news story from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. This past Sunday, though, Microsoft missed getting all the preliminary votes it needed to secure OOXML as a standard, but the company still has time to try to change some minds.

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.