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Victory for Biotech

A Supreme Court ruling that came down on Monday was a "victory for Monsanto and others in the agricultural biotechnology industry," according to the New York Times. In a 7-to-1 decision, the Supreme Court found that a San Francisco federal district judge's 2007 ruling that led to a ban on planting genetically engineered alfalfa seeds, known as Roundup Ready alfalfa, was too far-reaching. The court said that the ruling should have left room for a partial approval of the seeds to be considered. The Times adds that "because the Supreme Court left in place the lower court's rejection of approving the crop, the Agriculture Department must either fully or partly approve it before growing can resume."

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.