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Stem Cells and Cloning: Ingredients for a Real Debate

A couple of wire stories today relate to bills in US Congress on stem cells and human cloning. One details the defeat of a bid to outlaw cloning of human babies by mostly Republican legislators who argued that while the goal was good, the bill itself was flawed.

The other bill, which aims to loosen restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem cell research, looks like it will pass the US House of Representatives, according to this story. But the article notes that President Bush has already promised to veto the bill, and it's unclear whether there are enough supporting votes in Congress to overturn that.

 

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.