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Like Walking and Chewing Gum

A longitudinal study conducted by the Rand Corporation on electronic health record adoption and hospital quality shows mixed results, as The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog notes. "On the one hand, the increased improvement in heart failure quality scores over time associated with maintenance of a basic EHR is encouraging. On the other hand, the smaller quality gains associated with new adoption or upgrade to an advanced EHR are somewhat counterintuitive," the Rand researchers write in The American Journal of Managed Care. First author Spencer Jones tells the Health Blog that complex electronic medical records can be difficult to put in place and to use. Jones also adds that it is "tough to do two things at once," meaning adopt these new systems and increase hospital quality.

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.