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Nature Gets in the Open Access Game

There's a new journal from Nature coming out. Scientific Reports will be an online, open-access journal with articles covering the natural sciences, according to a Nature press release. "Scientific Reports exists to facilitate the rapid peer review and publication of research that is of interest to specialists within any given field in the natural sciences, without barriers to access," says the description on the journal's homepage. Jonathan Eisen notes the new journal on his blog, saying that it "sounds remarkably like PLoS One, even though they do not mention PLoS One in the announcement. Good news all around I think — the more OA we have out there the better." Scientific Reports is accepting manuscripts now and plans to publish its first papers during the summer.

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.