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In This Barrel, We Keep the Pork

At RealClearMarkets, Adams Capital Management's Bill Frezza says that the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative is a warning -- he calls the LSI "pork festooned with countless earmarks"-- of what is to come from public-private partnerships. He worries that the new challenges of clean energy and advancing the healthcare system will meet the same fate. "There will be no real Change until each of us confronts the shortcomings in ourselves, rejecting the temptation to serve as willing accomplices in a game rigged to serve only our gamemasters be they Red, Blue, or Green," Frezza says.


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.