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That's a Lot of Reading

Aaron Swartz, a coder, activist, and former ethics fellow at Harvard University, was arrested and charged with hacking for downloading a large quantity of academic articles from JSTOR and evading attempts to be removed from the network, reports Ryan Singel at Wired. Singel adds that Swartz "has a history of downloading massive data sets, both to use in research and to release public domain documents from behind paywalls." Swartz allegedly stole 4.8 million articles and broke into a computer wiring closet at MIT, the Associated Press says. Swartz pled not guilty to the charges. Wired adds that the documents have been returned to JSTOR.

HT: Razib Khan at Gene Expression

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.