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Because 'Massive Centralized Office' Is the Model of Efficiency

BBC News reports on troubles at European patent offices, where delays "have left somewhere between five and ten million inventions globally queuing for approval," the article reports. That's contributing to a tough landscape for startups and innovation in general. People calling for reform have targeting both timing -- patents are supposed to be issued within three years but are instead taking more like five -- and national borders, arguing for a central patent office for all of Europe or even the world.


The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.