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Steven Salzberg calls on researchers to pressure their universities to promote free dissemination of knowledge through open-access journals and patent-free research. He says that universities' drive to produce intellectual property contradicts the original purpose of academic research — to promote knowledge.

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The Hastings Center's Erik Parens argues in a Scientific American opinion piece that the current pandemic underscores the need to reconsider the hope placed in genomic medicine. 

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australia is launching its trial of preconception carrier testing Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Times writes that Operation Warp Speed has an ambitious timeline for developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

In PNAS this week: autosomal genes commonly affected by loss-of-function variants, variants implicated in testis development disorders, and more.