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This Week in Science: Mar 16, 2007

The latest issue of Science is out and here are a few items that may be of interest:

In the ScienceScope section, a brief news item reports that scientists are of two minds about open-access journals. According to a poll done by researchers from Munich University in Germany and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, researchers like the idea of open-access journals as readers but believe that, as authors, publishing in such a journal may hurt their chances for tenure.

MicroRNAs get a bit of glory in this issue with a couple of papers highlighting their function. Christine Mayr et al. at MIT report that the loss of miRNA repression of an oncogene leads to tumorigenesis. Also, lead author Robinson Triboulet, from the Institut de Génétique Humaine in Montpellier, France, shows that, when replicating, HIV-1 suppresses an miRNA pathway that is thought to be involved in silencing DNA and RNA viruses.

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.