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Step 1: Take Solid Scientific Paper. Step 2: Sprinkle with Needless Buzzwords and Hyperbole

Jonathan Eisen awards his second "Overselling Genomics Award" to a press release accompanying the release a PLoS One paper on shark development. The release, from the University of Florida, sold the research as the "conquest of land began in the shark genome" whereas the paper describes the more sedate evolutionary development of limbs from fins through studies of Hox genes. The press release cemented its award, says Eisen (who notes that the paper itself is quite reasonable), by adding that this study is "shedding light on how life on Earth developed and potentially providing insight for scientists seeking ways to cure human birth defects."

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.