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NCATS Gets Attention

US President Barack Obama mentioned the proposed National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences in his remarks last week during a bill-signing ceremony, and NIH has made the center part of a new initiative in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a chip to predict drug toxicity, reports ScienceInsider. There is, as ScienceInsider notes, opposition to the creation of the center from some lawmakers, and it currently lacks funding. "This is a neat trick for Collins to commit $70M in funds — likely from the Common Fund — to a project affiliated with a Center that does not exist," says blogger Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship.

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.