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Let Us Know How the Brain Cake Tastes

If you are heading to the Latitude Festival, a four-day long music festival in Henham Park in Suffolk, England, watch out for Guerilla Science. This group, started by Oxford chemistry graduate Richard Bowdler in 2007, "spread[s] science by stealth." In the Guardian, Zoe Cormier says, "Science is not about the soulless study of statistics, it is about questioning and celebrating what it means to be alive – which is exactly what music festivals are for." The group wants festival-goers "to taste a brain made of cake, spy the moons of Jupiter, dance to fractals, hunt for the Higgs, and ponder how utterly astounding it is that you are reading these words at all."

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.