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What Does a Clinician Have to Do to Win a Nobel Around Here?

A new study in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine shows that clinicians are having a harder time winning Nobel Prizes, reports New Scientist magazine. Using the Nobel Institute's Web site, Imperial College London's Hutan Ashrafian examined prize winners over the past 100 years, New Scientist says. Ashrafian's study found that 79 percent of the prizes in physiology or medicine were awarded to clinicians during the first 30 years of the prize's history. In the last 30 years, though, that number has dropped to 26 percent. Ashrafian says the decline might be explained by the fact that people today tend to think that "proper science is done at the molecular level in the lab," considering clinical science mundane in comparison.

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.