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Science Round-up

In today’s Science round-up, Barbara Stranger and associates at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge have completed whole-genome association analyses of expression levels of almost 15,000 transcripts with SNPs and CNVs in individuals who are part of the International HapMap project.

From the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, EdinburghUniversity, researchers found that Rett’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, can be reversed in mice by simply activating a mutant gene.  The study sheds a sliver of light on the therapeutic potentials of phenotypic reversibility.

Chemists at HarvardUniversity and the PolishAcademy of Sciences have created “bubble logic” in a microfluidic system.  In their research, they’ve used the linearity of the flow of bubbles through the system to create a device that encodes and decodes signals.


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.