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Winners in Physics

Charles Kao, Willard Boyle, and George Smith will share this year's Nobel Prize in physics, reports the Associated Press. Kao wins for his work in fiber optics which the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says include "groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication" that allows global broadband communication. Boyle and Smith win for inventing the CCD sensor that "revolutionized photography, as light could now be captured electronically instead of on film."

The Daily Scan poll missed this one as Kao, Boyle, and Smith weren't included. The frontrunner there was Yakir Aharonov with 24 percent of the vote. Maybe next year.

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.