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Hey, You, Stop Hoarding that Data

From the Access to Knowledge Conference, Victoria Stodden blogs about a presentation by Sanger's Tim Hubbard. In the talk, he "laments that scientists tend to carry out their work in a closed way and thus very little data is released," she writes. In addition to concerns about maintaining privacy for research subjects and patients, he said another challenge is releasing data in a way that will let others use it. "Hubbard is touching on what might be the most important part of the Access to Knowledge movement - how to make the access meaningful without destroying incentives to be open," Stodden blogs.


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.