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Now There's Someone Who Appreciates the Great Books Program

While much of the community is arguing about whether intelligent design should be taught in school, here's a guy who says maybe we should just rethink the whole concept of school -- at least on the college level. Charles Murray from the American Enterprise Institute pens this op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, in which he argues in favor of shifting post-secondary education toward technical certification rather than the standard bachelor's degrees. With few exceptions, he writes, "a bachelor's degree tells an employer nothing except that the applicant has a certain amount of intellectual ability and perseverance. ... The solution is not better degrees, but no degrees." He proposes as a model the certification process required for accountants, who must pass a proficiency test to earn their CPA.

 

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.