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Save the Citrus

The New York Times reports on greening, which has become "the world's most destructive citrus disease," and on how Florida is trying to save its vital citrus industry. First up: taking money away from marketing and moving it to research. "Spending will triple to $20 million next year and support more than 100 research projects, said Mr. McClure, who is chairman of the Florida Citrus Production Research Advisory Council," according to the story. USDA scientists are sequencing the pathogen, which has proven resistant to culturing in a lab. Separately, scientists around the world are sequencing the clementine genome in a project expected to be wrapped up by the end of next year.

 

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.