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At Last, an Easy Way to Tell Whether a Mushroom Is Poisonous: Sequence It

From the New York Times, here's an article describing a new finding from scientists at Michigan State University about the genetic code in wild mushrooms that renders them poisonous. The mechanism of encoding the toxin seems unique to this strain of mushrooms -- Phalloideae, part of the Amanita genus -- according to the researchers, who conducted their studies by sequencing the genome of A. bisporigera.

 

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.