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Saving Time and Wasting Time

Microsoft released a software tool to help researchers write their scientific articles. The Article Authoring Add-in for Word lets users structure their docs based on the formats required by publishers (the code is openly accessible so users can tweak it) and the articles can be converted into PubMed Central's XML format for archiving.

If you're more of an online document-sharer, TechCrunch takes a look at Labmeeting, a social networking site for scientists where people can upload, manage, and share their papers. A word of caution: a disclaimer on the Labmeeting site says that by posting to their site, users grant them "a limited license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content." Commenters on the TechCrunch site point out there are a lot of sites with the same goal already out there.

 

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.