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DNA: High-Level Encryption?

A profile of Nick Patterson in today's New York Times science section reveals that the Broad Institute scientist actually made his name decades ago as a code-breaker for a British agency during the Cold War. Patterson, who left cryptography to build simulation tools for Wall Street, credits his move to the Broad to meeting Jill Mesirov, CSO of the institute and a former code-decipherer herself.

 

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.