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On the Bright Side, Therapists Should See a Steady Stream of Business

In a New York Times article that some researchers will surely regret being interviewed for, scientists discuss the increasing use of their own children as research subjects. The argument is that "studying their children allows for more in-depth research and that the children make reliable participants in an era of scarce research financing," the article reports. One scientist is quoted as saying, "You need subjects, and they're hard to get." Well, that's got great parenting written all over it.

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.