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The Sanctity of Data

Here's a blog post from Deepak Singh at bbgm considering the properties of scientific data. Singh responds to a post from Frank Gibson outlining three criteria for representing data: content, syntax, and semantics. Singh weighs in on each characteristic, contending that a solid grasp of these, along with community agreement on rules for them, would go a long way to solving semantic problems in the field. He says, though, that he tends to disagree with people about the curation challenge. "Many believe we need humans to curate data. I don’t have an answer, but don’t believe that humans scale and we will run into scale issues at some point," 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.