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The Popular Kinases

Much of kinase research has focused on a sliver of the known kinases, and some Canadian researchers have looked into why that is, reports the Physics arXiv Blog at Technology Review. That specific focus by the researchers on just some portion of what could be studied is called the Harlow-Knapp effect, the blog adds. The University of Toronto's Ruth Isserlin and colleagues note in a paper posted to arXiv that even the publication of the human kinome did little to alter researchers' focus away from the best-known kinases. "We posit that the [Harlow-Knapp] effect likely derives from a combination of human nature, the structure of the funding and peer-review systems and the availability of research infrastructure and methods," the authors write.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.