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Another 'Best of' List...

MIT's Technology Review rounds up the latest and most publicized advances in biotech in 2007. You've heard it before (in fact, last week's issue of Science goes into similarly researched breakthroughs of the year), but personal genomics, genetic variation and creating stem cells without using embryos, of course, all made it on their list. Metagenomics and the Human Microbiome Project were given a nod, too. Check out the complete review here.

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.