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Challenges, Commitment

This week, The New York Times' Gina Kolata spoke with four women scientists at the top of their fields to get a feel for "their lives as scientists, the joys and struggles of research, and the specific challenges women in science face." Among the four is the University of Washington's Mary-Claire King, who tells the Times she believes that, for female researchers, "the choke point is going from a postdoc to an assistant professorship to a tenure-track position." After that, she says, it's been her experience that "the largest remaining obstacle is how to integrate family life with the life of a scientist." For that, King says an "institutional commitment" to subsidized, on-campus child care is critical. "… At institutions where it is assumed that you will make your own arrangements, women do less well," she tells Kolata.

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.