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At Least Wait for a Heavily Discounted Version Before Buying

Craig Venter may not care about this, but you might consider it before buying your very own copy of his memoir, A Life Decoded. According to a very negative book review in the Washington Post, the book is based on a "fascinating idea: to blend the introspection and storytelling of a traditional memoir with powerful new insights into the interplay between genes and personal history. But it's that very promise that makes the book's failure on both counts such a disappointment." As reviewer Thomas Hayden sums up, the book is mostly "an exercise in legacy-burnishing and blame-casting, and in naming an impressive number of Nobel laureates."


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.