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Waiting at the Mailbox

NIH's Center for Scientific Review has sent out 2,500 invitations to join their "College of CSR Reviewers," notes Writedit. The college members will review NIH applications in their areas of expertise as part of the mail-in step of a two-stage review process. In total, they'll look at 12 applications a year for two years and will have two weeks in which to do the review. DrugMonkey also offers his two-cents' worth. "Feedback from those who sat on the second stage of the Transformative and Challenge reviews this summer sure wasn't all that positive ... but then CSR seems to frequently steam forward with great enthusiasm on changes where I can't seem to find anyone who is in favor of them," he writes.

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.