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And It Used to Be So Prestigious to Be an MIT Student

This AP article reports on MIT's OpenCourseWare program, which "makes virtually all the school's courses available online for free -- lecture notes, readings, tests and often video lectures," according to the story. The trend has caught on: "More than 100 universities worldwide, including Johns Hopkins, Tufts and Notre Dame, have joined MIT in a consortium of schools promoting their own open courseware." Meanwhile, some schools have taken to offering course material and videos through a special section of Apple's iTunes, and the University of California, Berkeley, will soon be posting course lectures on YouTube.

Here at GTO, we're looking forward to stealing a moment or two to check out some cool classes from these universities. But we have to wonder what kind of world it's become when we play hooky so that we can attend school.


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.