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Time to Tweak that Business Plan

If you're working on a cancer diagnostic, don't read this. The New York Times reports on last week's recommendation by the United States Preventive Services Task Force that doctors "stop screening older men for prostate cancer" -- a development that seems to go against the concept of early detection that drives so much of the biomedical field. Evidently, a data analysis of prostate cancer over many years suggests that there's little benefit to screening, and that for older men, it even "does more harm than good."


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.