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Take That, SciFoo

Pimm blogger Attila Csordas writes about the attempt by the BioTwitterer community to organize a biology-focused "unconference" that would take place in the Bay Area around the same time as SciFoo Camp. The BioBarCamp conference would bring together life scientists in the areas of biotechnology, personalized genomics and medicine, and bioinformatics. You can also read the transcript of their back-and-forth at Csordas' blog to see Twitter in action.


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.