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Pioneering Geneticist John Thoday Dies

John Thoday, former professor of genetics at Cambridge University, died at the age of 91, reports this obituary in The Guardian. Thoday's reputation hinged on bringing to prominence the study of genetics, and how genes play equally significant roles in genetic variation and evolution. He built up the department of genetics at Cambridge in the 1960s and 70s, receiving a fellowship to the Royal Society in 1965, and serving as president of the Genetical Society from 1975 to 1977.

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.