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Full disclosure: this is a blatantly self-promotional post. Our sister publication, Genome Technology magazine, features a cover story on the rise of open access this month -- it's meant to distill the key points of debate about open access and to serve as a primer for scientists who may have heard of OA but don't really know what all the hoopla's about. In the spirit of open access, the full issue is available through a Creative Commons license. You can check out the November issue here -- no subscription is required to read it.

Many thanks to Jonathan Eisen, Michael Eisen, and Peter Suber for mentioning the open access story on their blogs.

 

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.