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That's One Long To-Do List

President-elect Obama was the first major political candidate to leverage the Internet for networking and communication, and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping that train. In addition to his transition web site,, Obama CTO is a new site from Seattle-based software company Front Seat for recommending ideas to the nation's first CTO and voting on the ideas submitted by others, says Peter Suber at Open Access News. Suber’s just submitted a plug of his own: “Require open access to the results of non-classified research funded by taxpayers. Extend the exemplary policy now in place at the NIH to all federal agencies.” Go here for a link to his submission.

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.