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Science and the Presidency

The BBC rounds up the influence of science on US presidents past as well and the current candidates. Science, says the article, informs presidential decision-making from energy policy, to war, to the conduction of research in the nation. Physicist Michio Kaku tells the BBC that grasping the science behind building atomic bombs could influence if or when a country goes to war. Nobel laureate Paul Nurse adds that the current stem cell research policy "is absolutely text book stuff of how not to get politics engaged with science." If you're in the UK, you can watch the report here.

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.