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Australia or New Jersey?

The Scientist has compiled its list of the best spots to work in academia, both in the US and abroad. Topping the US list is Princeton University which is strong in "tenure and promotion" as well as "peers" but weak in "pay" and job satisfaction. Also among the top 15 US institutes are Children's Hospital Boston, the Trudeau Institute, and the Institute for Systems Biology. Internationally, the top honor goes to the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, followed by the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot, Israel. In an accompanying article, Lauren Urban writes that "there are certain places where you expect research to be happening ... but also among the winners of this year's survey are few places that don't automatically spring to mind as hot beds of research." She points out that INRA-Versailles in France has an "ideal location for agricultural and environmental research" and that "despite the lack of a graduate program, there is still a strong emphasis on research" at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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.