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As Long as It's Bad for Disease

Paul Stoffels, company group chairman for Global R&D Pharmaceuticals at Johnson & Johnson, has a guest blog at CNBC about how "recent advances in science, genomics technologies, biomarkers, and drug development" have coalesced to offer the potential for personalized medicine. Using HIV drug development as an example, Stoffels makes the case that relying on diagnostic expertise throughout the process led not only to more targeted treatment, but also helped the pharma make better drugs. "Their combination approach meant that development was faster, approval was faster, and reimbursement happened more quickly," he writes. "That's a model that's good for pharmaceutical companies, good for regulators, good for payers and good for patients."

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.