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Infectious Disease Investment

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Last year’s Futures Initiatives conference, hosted jointly by the National Academies and the WM Keck Foundation, had as its theme “The Genomic Revolution: Implications for Treatment and Control of Infectious Disease.” In a call for proposals released at the meeting, more than 100 participants were invited to compete for seed funding.

This year, the initiative announced recipients of those grants. The 14 research projects funded by the Futures Initiative were selected for their diverse approaches to the infectious disease front. The list below shows award amount, participants, affiliations, and titles of the projects funded.

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The Scan

Vaccine Update Recommended

A US Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster vaccines be updated to target Omicron, CNBC reports.

US to Make More Vaccines for Monkeypox Available

The US is to make nearly 300,000 vaccine doses available in the coming weeks to stem the spread of human monkeypox virus, according to NPR.

Sentence Appealed

The Associated Press reports that Swedish prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to a surgeon once lauded for transplanting synthetic tracheas but then convicted of causing bodily harm.

Genome Biology Papers on COVID-19 Effector Genes, Virtual ChIP-seq, scDART

In Genome Biology this week: proposed COVID-19 effector genes, method to predict transcription factor binding patterns, and more.