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Extreme Genomics, Not Unlike Extreme Skateboarding

A Tech Review blog post discusses the work of Richard Lifton, who studies human outliers, so-called "extreme phenotypes" -- including a man with extremely high bone density. Lifton found a link to bone density with a mutation in the LDL-related receptor protein 5 gene and, now, a drug targeting part of that molecular pathway is in clinical testing to treat osteoporosis.

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.