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Determining Disclosure

In the New England Journal of Medicine, bioethicists report on their study of five years' worth of data from the Conflict of Interest Notification Study funded by NIH to come up with six goals for disclosure. Broadly, those goals are to promote informed decisions by participants, respect their right to know, establish trust, minimize liability, discourage financial relationships, and protect participants' welfare. "Disclosure alone is not enough," Johns Hopkins's Jeremy Sugarman says to Scientific Blogging. "It is not the remedy that many seek, although the process may have a positive effect on patients' satisfaction with and trust in the research process."

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.