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"All the Same"

Coming to televisions near you (or online) this week is a show from Harvard's Henry Louis Gates, Jr. In Faces of America, Gates will use genealogy and genetic tools to look into the family histories of 12 Americans, including Stephen Colbert, Yo-Yo Ma, and Meryl Streep. The series kicks off this Wednesday on PBS at 8 Eastern and will be available on line the following day. "[We] used DNA analysis to look for "deep cousins" — common ancestors among our guests — and we found genetic connections between eleven of our twelve guests. I found that despite all our apparent differences in terms of culture and history, we are all the same," Gates says in a PBS blog post.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.