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Rocket Scientists, Brain Surgeons, and All That

Zen Faulkes at NeuroDojo says that "genius is overrated" in science. He says that in science, as in art, the public harbors the assumption that "it’s about creativity, and waiting for the muse, when often the reality is that 90 percent of the job is just showing up and doing the work." Faulkes continues to say that nearly every scientific project "has an extraordinary amount of grunt work behind it," and that he wishes that aspect of the profession was more widely acknowledged.

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.