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Money for Biomedical Research

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $1 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for the construction, repair, and renovation of biomedical research labs across the country, NIH says. In total, 146 grants were awarded to institutions across the US and among the institutions receiving money are: the Children's Health Research and Evaluation Facility in Indianapolis, which received almost $8.5 million to create a facility for pediatric clinical research and a core facility of pediatric phenotyping labs; the Genome Data Center Initiative in St. Louis, which was awarded $14.3 million to build a data center to support human genome research; and the Cell and DNA Repository Renovation in New Jersey, which received $9.5 million to renovate its biology lab.

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.