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Not to Mention the Amazing Bay Views

In an article from Forbes, Matthew Herper questions whether a move by Roche to buy out Genentech will be a good or bad thing. Roche already owns a majority stake in the biotech company, but recently made what analysts have called a lowball bid of $43.7 billion to acquire the rest. Genentech might stand to gain from going invisible, but for the most part, its unique culture is what's most worth saving, Herper says. "The most important part of Genentech's value is in soft assets -- the world-leading scientists, the culture, the single site, the values and history," says analyst Geoffrey Porges.

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.