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The Newest Member of the Lab

With a good plan in place, leaving the lab for family leave can go fairly smoothly, says this article at The Scientist. One of the first steps is to investigate the policies that your institute, or potential new institute, has for leave, tenure, and child care. In addition, Bob Grant at The Scientist says it's good to make friends, both with colleagues in your lab and outside — that way you know that your samples will be taken care of and that your collaborators will continue to work while you're gone. Another step to take, Grant says, is to develop a status report of your projects that includes the experimental details and progress of your experiments to give to the lab manager. "If I knew, as a supervisor, that my employee had thought through those things already and showed that they had a plan, I'd know that there was a good possibility that when they came back things would be very stable," says Gail Simmons from Manhattanville College.

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.