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In Parsing, Lessons of Life

At What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate, Neil Saunders gives a crash course on the basics of parsing bioinformatics files. Some of his steps along the way include, first and foremost, searching for an existing parser; then visualizing the desired output, mastering regular expressions (in your chosen language), and imagining the exceptions ("Here, I raise my hand to admit that this is an area in which I need to improve," Saunders says).

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.