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Taming the Database

Tech Guy in Midtown talks about his love for Git, writing, "I'm hooked. I'm kicking SVN to the curb." He says that the appeal of Git includes its lightweight branching, that no server is required, and that unlike Subversion, it doesn't use .svn directories.

At Bioinformatics Zen, Michael Barton recommends that computational biologists learn to use relational databases that have object relational mapping systems. Learning to use a database takes time, he says, and that's why he likes ORM as it "makes using a database easy and code simpler to write" and "the data are called in the familiar programming syntax of the language you are used to."

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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.