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Brain doping might not be bad, blogs Jonathan Eisen, though the NIH thinks otherwise, he adds, since they set up a World Anti Brain Doping Authority to regulate the use of brain-enhancing substances by scientists. Hsien-Hsien Lei adds that most genome-wide scans fail because of scientists' intellectual abilities. "I honestly don't care if scientists are indulging in brain-enhancing drugs as long as they get the job done," she writes.

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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.