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A Word About OWW

OpenWetWare's Lorrie LeJeune talks to Donna Wentworth at ScienceCommons about open research, the ins and outs of attribution, and why things like OpenWetWare exist. One reason, LeJeune says, is because it can. Another is that young researchers are more comfortable with the Internet and sharing ideas. "Of course, even wiki- and Facebook-savvy scientists don't share everything. They seem more willing to put protocols and other 'safe' materials out in front of the public eye than they are unpublished research data," she adds.

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.