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But This Uses Cool Toys

The Boston Globe takes a look at Knome, the consumer genomic company that sequences its customers' genomes while rounding up the challenges facing the field -- those cease-and-desist letters and the debate over medical relevance. The writer, Scott Kirsner, asks Raju Kucherlapati and David Altshuler if they'd get their genomes sequenced. Kucherlapati already had his looked at by Navigenics -- it confirmed problems he thought would be there -- and Altshuler, who turned that test down, says that a good family history also does the trick.

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.