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Scientist 'til the Day You Die

Larry Moran wonders what makes someone a scientist. He thinks to achieve that title the person needs to be an "'expert' in some area of science." In the comments, there are a few different takes; primarily saying it is what someone does that matters. Moran also clarifies, "I think of a scientist as someone who is an expert in some field of the natural sciences and whose full-time profession is doing science where 'doing' can include teaching about science, writing about science, and even administration work related to science."

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.