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And, Just When You Thought You Knew What Cloud Computing Was

Over at bbgm, Deepak Singh blogs about stream computing, a term IBM has coined to define its new software architecture, computing that will "break through the boundaries" of large volumes of data, operational complexity, and real-time business requirements. Deepak thinks that it could be well utilized by biologists, including serving the areas of "pharmacovigilance and infectious disease monitoring," he writes. "Of course, the compute power required to do so will be quite massive, and it’s easier to talk about this than put it into practice, but the possibilities are fun to contemplate."

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.