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Lab Meetings, Online

Lab meetings are a regular part of working in a lab, and blogger Attila Csordas has a way to take the meeting to the Web. Since many presentations are already on PowerPoint or Keynote, they can easily be made into screencasts and posted to scientific social networking sites — that way, he says, the author of the paper might even respond to the lab's critiques.

But GTO wonders, if you make Journal Club a virtual event, when is everyone supposed to gather for snacks in the conference room?

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.