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Yet Another Reason We Should Be Glad for the Frozen Brain of Ted Williams

Here's a database where you're guaranteed not to find the GTO staff: A group at the Taipei Physical Education College is building a genomic database using DNA samples from highly talented athletes. The goal: to provide a new way to "identify natural athletes who could be trained into sports stars," according to a news story.

Hey, if anyone wants to set up a genetic database of people who can eat an ungodly number of donuts in record time, we're all yours.

 

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.