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Looks Like You Don't Get Points for Creativity

Thomas Mailund blogs about a class he's teaching on machine learning, where students just handed in their first project -- a "simple exercise where the students are given five data sets with predictor variables and target values, and from them they need to train a model (just using linear regression) and then predict targets for new predictor values." Mailund discusses the factors he's using to judge the projects, but notes that "the only measure that matters is the prediction accuracy on the new data."


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.