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The Font of Wisdom ... Universities?

Over at bbgm, Deepak Singh blogs about the use of academic-developed software in industrial settings. He says the approach of licensing software from universities allows companies to "tap into the intellectual resources of some of the smartest academic researchers in the world." But because most of this software isn't given the kind of support and follow-on development of an industrial product, it can be tough to port these tools to large clusters, for instance, he writes. As industry scales up, Deepak wonders, will the use of academic software lessen? "I still feel that the underlying scientific research has to come from academia," he writes.

 

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.