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It's a War on WARF

Steve Salzberg's on a tear, and he isn't mincing words: "WARF is evil," he writes (repeatedly) in his latest blog post. He criticizes the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation for the patents it controls on human embryonic stem cells, taking issue with a) the merit of the patents themselves and b) WARF's licensing policy for the IP. "The patent is nothing more than a dollar-extracting device for them," he writes. WARF, which is the tech transfer arm of the University of Wisconsin, should instead be encouraging stem cell research by providing free licenses to anyone who wants them, he says.


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.