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He'll Be Under the Desk

NCI director John Niederhuber would like to stay on at his post, says the Wall Street Journal Health blog. Niederhuber told The Cancer Letter that his resignation letter to be submitted at the end of the Bush administration will say that he is willing to continue on in the Obama administration, even as an intramural scientist or a lower-level administrator. "It's a big place. I can easily hide," Niederhuber tells The Cancer Letter.

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.