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Is Science Hard to Teach, or Hard to Learn?

Half of pupils leave secondary school without a basic qualification in science, says an article in The Guardian. The story says 440 schools failed to meet basic targets, meaning they could be closed. And, for the first time, the government published the proportion of pupils who got a C or above in a language General Certificate of Secondary Education or a double science qualification (worth two GCSEs): half of pupils left without two Cs in science. “They show that 50% of people are entering the workforce without even a basic knowledge of science.”

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.