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Here's a Way to Solve the Privacy Debate: There's No Such Thing

In an age when many say they want to keep certain information private — the United States House of Representatives recently passed the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act — people often forget that much of their personal data is already available, either on the internet or from credit companies, says Times columnist Jonathan Weber. Though most companies say they try to protect people's privacy, sometimes that just does not happen, as Weber discovered when his health insurance company accidentally released his family's medical history to the public. Weber now agrees with Scott McNealy, who said, "You have no privacy. Get over it."

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.