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We Call It the Churchosome

George Church has made an artificial ribosome that successfully produces proteins, reports Technology Review. Church and his postdoc, Mike Jewitt, broke ribosomes from E. coli down to their component parts and then used enzymes to put all the proteins and RNA back together. They then used the reconstituted ribosome to produce luciferase. Next, they plan to make a ribosome that can reproduce itself, as well as make it more efficient and process molecules of different chirality. Tech Review adds that an artificial ribosome is a key step to creating artificial life.

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.