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It's More a Crash-Course, On-the-Job Training Thing

Out on the blogosphere, someone wondered what sort of formal training scientists have as reviewers of  papers and grants. In response, blogger DrugMonkey writes that informal training through journal clubs and good mentoring could suffice for learning how to review a manuscript, adding that formal training "would run the risk of being so general … as to be useless." But training for grant review, is, in DrugMonkey's experience, lacking. "It strikes me that a little more training of scientists in how to review applications would go a long way toward reducing the variance in review," writes DrugMonkey.

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.