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RIP, Intelligent Design

You would expect Richard Dawkins to attack intelligent design advocate Michael Behe's latest book with something approaching glee, but this New York Times review finds Dawkins in the position of having to kick someone while he's down.

Make no mistake: the review rakes Behe and his theories over the coals. But Dawkins suggests that reading the second book actually made him feel sorry for Behe, who was recently disowned by his academic department. "Trapped along a false path of his own rather unintelligent design, Behe has left himself no escape. Poster boy of creationists everywhere, he has cut himself adrift from the world of real science," he writes.

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.