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Fast-Tracking Francis

Francis Collins may be heading to a fast-tracked confirmation. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, which handles the NIH director nomination won't be holding a confirmation hearing, reports Science Insider. The committee would then send the nomination straight to the full Senate for a vote, perhaps as early as next week.

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.