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The IgNobel Report

Though the announcement of the Nobel prize winners are still a few days away, the Los Angeles Times reports the recipients of this year's IgNobel awards from the Annals of Improbable Research. In chemistry, Javier Morales, Miguel Apatiga, and Victor Castaño win for creating diamonds from tequila. Donald Unger wins in medicine for cracking the knuckles on only his left hand for 60 years to see whether is contributes to arthritis. And in biology, Fumiaki Taguchi, Song Guofu, and Zhang Guanglei win for showing that panda poop bacteria can reduce kitchen waste by 90 percent.

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.