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Move It Around

While a Senate proposal will shrink the US National Science Foundation's 2012 by $162 million, it may give the agency some flexibility on how to spend that money, reports ScienceInsider. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted last week to allot $6.7 billion to NSF for fiscal year 2012 and the lawmakers are considering allowing NSF to shift $100 million from its research budget to its facilities budget. "The shift, if adopted, would allow NSF to stay on schedule in building out the Ocean Observatories Initiative and begin major construction on the National Ecological Observatory Network," ScienceInsider notes.

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.