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And You Didn't Even Consider What Was Best for the Data

Since the open-access versus traditional publishing debate can get pretty tense, GTO recommends heading over to the PISD Coalition website, which has some genuinely hilarious publishing-model satire. Claiming to represent a number of big traditional publishers, PISD says:

"After undergoing extensive mediation and couples counseling, the PISD Coalition can confidently assert that scientific information does not want to be free. It wants to stay just where it is: safe and warm in the Reed Elsevier vaults, protected by the long arm of intellectual property law, earning massive profits for traditional publishers."

There's also a great explanation of how crafty scientists take advantage of publishers by signing up to get all the perks afforded to unpaid reviewers.

 

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.