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Economists, Biologists

At the National Institutes of Health's Office of Extramural Research blog, Deputy Director Sally Rockey says the agency's Future of the Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group's primary focus will be "developing a model for a sustainable and diverse US biomedical research workforce," and that, in order to do so, it has "constituted a modeling subcommittee," primarily composed of economists. Rockey also points to the newly posted working group roster, which is composed primarily of administrators of biomedical research in both industry and academia. According to the NIH, based on the subcommittee's analysis and input from the extramural community, "using appropriate expertise from NIH and external sources, and recognizing that there are limits to NIH’s ability to control many aspects of the training pipeline," the group will "make recommendations for actions that NIH should take to support a future sustainable biomedical infrastructure."

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.