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Changing Your Destiny With George Church

In Newsweek, George Church writes that the message that people get from knowing their genomes "is not 'Here's your destiny. Get used to it!' Instead, it's 'Here's your destiny, and you can do something about it!'" Though pharmacogenomics is in its early days, Church points out that it is already being used to help patients. Furthermore, he adds that cheaper genomics will not only change the course of biological research, but also bestow benefits upon the public as a whole. "When the personal genomes and medical histories from much larger numbers of people become available, we expect much greater progress in identifying rare genetic variations that cause common diseases like cancer and heart disease," he writes.

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.