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So We Gather You're a Masochist

A post at Adaptive Complexity says that if you want to be a scientist, you'd "better get used to rejection and failure, because the truth is that most of your experiments will fail, most of your original ideas will be wrong, and most of your grant proposals and papers will be rejected on the first submission." Following up on that cheery thought, the blogger explains the most common reasons that papers are rejected, and even calls for more stringent practices in the peer-review process. "All of the safeguards notwithstanding, many mediocre papers still get published."


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.