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Just Think of Them as Little Helpers

Granted, it's buried on page A10, but it's there: a story about the human microbiome in the Wall Street Journal. The article parses out the concept of humans harboring microbial colonies (and why that's not something to be afraid of) and how that's changing commonly held views about the way the immune system functions. "Only in the past decade, aided by advances in genetic technology, were scientists able to grasp the magnitude of our resident microbial population," the article 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.