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Except for All the Downsides, Patents Are Great

A blog at 3 Quarks Daily points to Stephan Kinsella's post at mises.org that highlights the drawbacks of intellectual property patents. Kinsella says that while patent holders do profit, the overall litigation and licensing surrounding patents stifle innovation. Furthermore, Kinsella quotes the AAAS study that found that one-fifth of research efforts in the US are held back or cancelled due to patent licensing problems.

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.