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In Case You Were Wondering Whether Those Conflict of Interest Rules Had Eased Up

This article in the Wall Street Journal reports on news that a committee in the US House of Representatives has asked the National Cancer Institute to look more closely at "the financial records of about 50 researchers leading a big government study of whether annual medical scans of smokers' lungs can save lives," according to the story. "The committee said it was concerned that potential conflicts of interest 'could damage the credibility' of the decadelong, $200 million National Lung Screening Trial." Two PIs involved in the trial have been paid to give expert testimony for tobacco companies facing lawsuits from smokers, according to WSJ; both have said their courtroom work and scientific work were unrelated.

 

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.