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We Remember Our Volcano Fondly

Many classic school science experiments have been shelved due to safety concerns, reports the UK's Times. Experiments such as dropping sodium in water or setting fire to magnesium are often skipped as "fear of burns, spillages and volatile reactions means that even mundane procedures such as distillation are often viewed online rather than performed in the laboratory," says the Times. However, John Holman, the UK's chief adviser on science in schools, and David Phillips, the president of the Royal Society of Chemistry, say it is important for students to learn safety and to experiment. "All the evidence points to practical work being the thing that pupils like to do," Holman says. "This isn't about how do you get more Grade Cs in GCSEs, it's about how you inspire more young people."

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.