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Line Them Up

At Genomes Unzipped, Luke Jostins gives his thoughts on Oxford Nanopore's GridION platform, which is the basis for all of the company's DNA, protein, and small molecule analysis applications. Jostins says that the machines appear to be bench top-friendly, but also scalable. "The boxes are designed to fit together in standard computing cluster racks, and … connect together via a standard network," he says. Jostins also makes an estimate of what the throughput of a machine might be. With some assumptions, he calculates that "a single machine would be running about 500 Mbp/hour; this is a 30X genome in a week." Jostins adds that "nanopore technology is making solid advances towards working machines, and that these machines could be game-changers."

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.