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Welcome to Web 2.0

Bioinformatics researchers should learn web development skills, says this post at Web 2.0 and Semantic Web for Bioinformatics. So far, genomic datasets are downloaded, set up locally, and then analyzed in what could be considered a mashup, but it won't always be like that. Agbiotec predicts that within five years, bioinformatics institutions will start to take a Web 2.0 approach. "And for that I refer you to Amazon Web Services, where bioinformaticians can build their own NCBI running on Rails and sell it to other Web 2.0-minded scientists, who understand the (added) value of an inter-operable web of data," writes Agbiotec.


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.