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So Much for the Finer Points

Harold Varmus was on NPR's Science Friday, talking about open access. Varmus, who co-founded the PLoS journals, talks about the NIH's new mandate. At Science Commons, Donna Wentworth says that Varmus makes a lot of great points, including advocating that more funding sources should have open access policies. Evolgen's RPM isn't as satisfied. RPM writes that Varmus didn't clearly delineate the differences between pay-access and open-access journals. "Some of his message got muddled in his lack of a punchy delivery. I worry that the points may have been missed by those people not familiar with the details," he writes.

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.