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That May Be Asking a Bit Much ...

In response to Zen Faulkes' recent post at Better Posters, in which Faulkes says that academic scientists ought to obtain a "wide range of skills" beyond the bench, including "graphic literacy," Grant Jacobs at Code for Life expresses his disagreement. "Graphic illustration is not core to science," Jacobs says. While he agrees that researchers ought to prepare their own posters and attempt to "take on the graphics," Jacobs says that "insisting [illustration] be a required skill seems misplaced." While Faulkes says that "nobody would ever excuse biologists for not running statistical tests for their experiment because 'they're not professional mathematicians,'" Jacobs say that "statistics in one sense is a core skill" in science, but adds that non-statistician biologists ought to collaborate with a bioinformatician should their work require a specialist's assistance. In the same vein, he adds, "there are good reasons that better research departments have an illustrations department."

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.