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Voodoo Works. Really.

Steven Salzberg is just thrilled. The NIH announced three new Centers of Excellence in Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the NCCAM acting director has asked for $121 million in funding. In response, he writes, "Great! I'm so excited to hear that NIH is pouring more money down this oh-so-promising black hole of negative results and poorly conducted studies!" Why, he wonders, can't studies on alternative and complementary therapies be funded through regular NIH mechanisms — you know, the ones with standards.

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.