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Saying It's Hard to Put Your Finger On Would Be an Understatement

Researchers at National Taiwan University and the University of Chicago have used whole genome analysis to examine how cis, trans and cis-by-trans elements affect gene expression at different levels of evolution. Publishing in PNAS, they used two behavioral races of Drosophila melanogaster, analyzing the full set of chromosome-substitution lines. They found that few genes are regulated solely by one or the other, and that 80 percent of the differences in gene expression are controlled by at least two chromosomes.

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.