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Mildred Cohn, in Memoriam

The New York Times reports the death of Mildred Cohn, "a biochemist who overcame religious and sex discrimination to advance the study of metabolic processes." She was 96. According to the article, Cohn overcame many levels of prejudice, including academic departments that wouldn't give women tenure, to finally receive her first tenure-track appointment 21 years after earning her PhD. During a career spent developing new techniques and instruments to measure the activity of enzymes, she won the National Medal of Science and "became the first woman appointed to the editorial board of The Journal of Biological Chemistry and the first woman to become president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology," the article adds.

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.