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The Rest Is Noise

Over at In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe writes about running successful experiments by "knowing what you can afford not to worry about." Fixating on potential problems at every step of a project will mean losing focus on what's really important. "You need to understand enough to know which parts are crucial and which parts aren’t," Lowe writes. That way you can micromanage the parts that will have an effect on the outcome, while saving yourself the angst of things that won't really make a difference anyway.


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.