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The Problem With Serendipity: It's Not Always Memorable

MIT is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking RNA research conducted by biophysicist Alexander Rich. According to the news clip, Rich announced in 1956 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society that single strands of RNA can spontaneously join together to form double-stranded molecules. Despite the seemingly memorable occasion, Rich, who made the discovery by mixing two strands of RNA together, can’t quite recall how it all came together. "I've asked my colleagues and searched through my memory, and I don't actually know," he's quoted as saying.

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.