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We Didn't Go to All the Trouble of Publishing It Just So People Could Read It

Peter Suber has a post about two recent public statements from lobbyists opposing open access. In a joint letter to certain members of the US House of Representatives, the DC Principles Coalition and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers argue that the NIH mandate on open access clashes with the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, which "rightly prevents the government from imposing mandates that diminish copyright protection for private-sector, value-added research articles," according to the letter.

 

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.