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Scared of Innovation

The former chief technology officer of Cisco Systems, Judy Estrin, is worried about the state of innovation in the United States. According to the New York Times, Estrin says that the lag in innovation is due to a focus on short-term thinking and not taking risks, mainly due to a lack of federal and university funding, cautious venture capitalists, as well as regulations discouraging the growth of start-up companies. Her new book is called Closing the Innovation Gap.


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.