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Now, If Only That Air Filtering Machine Was Light Enough to Carry Around All Day

Canadian toxicologists have published a study in PNAS linking exposure to particulate air pollution to increased mutation and methylation in the DNA of mice sperm cells. They found that mice breathing ambient air next to steel mills and a major highway had increased frequencuy of mutation and increased methylation in sperm DNA as compared to mice breathing filtered air.

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.