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It's a Big Day for Open Access

Science Commons announced its new Protocol for Implementing Open Access Data, which is intended as "a method for ensuring that scientific databases can be legally integrated with one another," according to the statement. The protocol emerged from a year of meetings with scientists and representatives from a number of countries to help sort out the different public domain policies in effect. Next, Science Commons plans to launch a working group around the new protocol.


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.