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Harvey Bender Dies

Harvey Bender, who ran the human genetics program at the University of Notre Dame has died, according to the school. He was 78. Bender began teaching at Notre Dame in 1960, and his daughter Leslie estimates that he taught more than 14,500 students in his years there, the South Bend Tribune reports. "Dr. Bender was a fine man, a wonderful faculty member and he was very good to me," says Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, the president emeritus at Notre Dame. "I was very happy to have him here and he and his works has had a lasting effect on the lives of thousands of students over the years."

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.