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Gut Bugs in the Spotlight

At Scientific American, Melinda Wenner interviews Jeremy Nicholson, a metabolomics expert, who now heads the department of biomolecular medicine at Imperial College London. Nicholson talks about how important metabolites are, especially gut microbes, in systems biology research and for finding new drug targets. "Almost every sort of disease has a gut bug connection somewhere," he tells Wenner.

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.