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How to Find a Virus When You're Not Looking

An intriguing article in Wired traces the work of anthropologist and epidemiologist Nathan Wolfe's search for the next viral epidemic -- before it happens. His work enlists the help of Eric Delwart at UCSF, whose explorations into viral metagenomics are helping scientists sequence -- and discover -- unknown microbes in whole communities, from those of sea water to mud.

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.