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Well, 1% IS an Increase…

For 2008, the National Institutes of Health budget will increase by 1 percent. After President Bush vetoed a bill that would have given the NIH $1 billion more, Congress responded with a $329 million increase, or 1 percent, much of which -- $300 million -- is earmarked for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Blogger Jake Young responds, "What never ceases to astonish me is how science and scientists can have such a good public image, and yet this positive public image does not translate into continued funding."

In the same breath, Congress also endorsed open-access. All NIH-funded research now has to be freely-available 12 months after publication and Steve Salzberg is celebrating, though cautiously. "This new free access policy is a big breakthrough…Now let's work on reducing that 12-month delay to zero," 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.