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The Tweet Question

At Adventures in Ethics and Science, Janet Stemwedel asks the age-old question: "To tweet or not to tweet?" In particular, she focuses on whether it is appropriate to live tweet professional conferences."If pressed for a blanket statement on whether tweeting a conference presentation is OK or not OK, I would say: it depends," Stemwedel writes. She notes that different disciplines have different customs, and that those changes over time. She then offers "tweet-sized bites" of arguments in favor and against conference tweeting, including:

Tweeting a meeting is a way to include members of the professional community who didn't have the funds or flexibility to be there [in real life]. … Worry: conference tweeters distracted from engaging with speakers, people in room, & asking questions there. Some folks are not on Twitter!
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.