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Summer Science Book Club

Summer's just about here, and for many that means there's time to head to the beach with a good book. If you don't want to go for Amazon's list, Sciencebase's David Bradley reviews five science books good for just hanging around. "None of the new science books on my desk this morning are more than an inch thick," he says. At the top of the list is Greg Gibson's It Takes a Genome, which Bradley says "provides new insights into why we are facing new epidemics." Another one on the list is Sherry Seethaler's Lies, Damned Lies, and Science in which she "explains the difference between cause and coincidence and shows you how to recognise lies, truthiness, and pseudo-expertise." Also reviewed are Stephen Maran and Laurence Marschall's Gallileo's New Universe, a posthumous "autobiography" of Max Perutz called What a Time I am Having, and Robert Lanza's Biocentrism.

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.