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So That Bridge Is For Sale?

A spate of new products has been announced today. Over at ThinkGeek, you can now pick up arsenic-based sea monkeys found in Mono Lake, Calif. By eating the arsenic-using bacteria that were recently discovered by NASA scientists, the sea monkeys "also gained the ability to substitute arsenic for phosphorus," ThinkGeek says. While you are there you can also try the tasty and crispy pork rinds that are made from the carnage left behind by those Angry Birds. And if you want to know just what those pigs have been saying or want to know what your lab mice think of you, check out Google UK's new Translate for Animals, an app for the Android phone. It "recognises and transcribes words and phrases that are common to a species, like cats for example," Google UK says. On the Gmail side of the Google business, there's a new way to control your email account, using motion. This new technology "uses your computer's built-in webcam and Google's patented spatial tracking technology to detect your movements and translate them into meaningful characters and commands." If you still want to type, you could always Google 'Helvetica' and see what happens.

In addition, 23andMe announced on its blog The Spittoon that, due to a new discovery, the company is changing its name. Due to a new paper from David Hines, the company is now 24andMe due to his discovery of a 24th human chromosome.

Happy April, all.

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.