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Who Doesn't Want a Board Game About Disease?

Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season in the US and blogger Jessica Palmer at Bioephemera has a list of her shopping picks. Of course, they all have a science-theme to them. Her 12 choices range from a Pandemic board game to steampunk jewelry and from plush organs to handmade books.

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.