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Robbing Peter to Pay ... Rover?

According to this BBC news article, the British government is taking back £68 million pledge to research programs -- particularly hitting scientific and medical investigations -- in order to pay for the collapse of the Rover car company and nuclear-related costs in the country.

The article quotes Julia Goodfellow, head of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, as saying, "Science innovation and research is about the medium to long term. If you start cutting it because of a short-term need then you have real problems." Hear, hear.

 

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.