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Sudden Plunges: Bee Populations and Stock Markets

Global stock markets tumbled big time on the same day we learned of a sudden decline in bee populations. Over at Time's Eye on Science, Michael Lemonick ruminates on the notion that "during times of stability, we tend to assume stability is the rule" but warns that, like mutual fund disclaimers, "past performance is no guarantee of future results."

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.