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The NIH Isn't the Only Agency That Needs Some Padding

FDA Science and Mission at Risk, a report submitted by an independent advisory board, has released a "horrifying" analysis of why the FDA seems to be at least one weak link in a chain (read: NIH) of underfunded scientific government agencies. An article in USA Today, pointed out by Deepak Singh, says that the "long list of ailments" is caused by underfunding and an overburdened workforce. "In addition to advocating for increased funding, the report recommends that the FDA, among other things, invest in IT, centralize science programs, create new science directors and hire more high-quality talent," says the article.

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.