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BGI Comes to Boston

BGI has come to Massachusetts, establishing a subsidiary which will offer resources for sequencing and analyzing DNA to its collaborators and clients in North and South America, reports the Boston Globe's Carolyn Johnson. BGI's new facility is located in Cambridge, not far from the Broad Institute, Johnson says, and it also plans to open a genome center in San Francisco by early next year. The institute's president of American operations, Paul Tu, tells Johnson that BGI needs a "fee-for-service" as it grows, as government grants alone cannot support all the research BGI undertakes.

In September, our sister publication In Sequence reported on BGI's expansion efforts 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.