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CMS Nominee

President Joe Biden is to nominate Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Politico reports.

According to CNN, Brooks-LaSure is currently a managing director at the professional services firm Manatt Health and also was part of the Biden-Harris transition team that reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services, of which CMS is part. It adds that she previously served at CMS during the Obama Administration and worked on the 2010 Affordable Care Act, and before that was a staffer for the House Ways and Means Committee.

As head of the trillion-dollar agency, Brooks-LaSure would, if confirmed, oversee Medicare and Medicaid and be responsible for much of the ACA, including the insurance marketplace, the Washington Post adds. CNN notes she would also be tasked with undoing many of the changes made by the previous head of CMS, Seema Verma, such as cutting ACA marketing funding and narrowing the open enrollment period.

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.