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Getting in the Swing of Volunteering

Sandra Porter volunteers to play matchmaker between science, technology, engineering, or math outreach groups and scientists interested in volunteering. Volunteering efforts, she says, can be large or small. "Small efforts can involve speaking in a classroom, mentoring students via e-mail, judging science fair projects, or assisting with homework questions. Larger efforts can entail doing or assisting with classroom experiments," Porter writes. She says that interested parties should contact her.


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.