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Death to Insurance?

Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future wonders if genetic testing will bring about the demise of private insurance companies, particularly in countries with public healthcare systems. The thinking goes that if people do not have to share genetic testing information with private insurers (as is the case in the UK until 2014), people who think they will fall ill will buy private insurance and the healthy others will rely on the public system. Then, the insurance premiums will skyrocket and the system will collapse.

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.