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US Universities Hold Strong

Times Higher Education released its compilation of the top universities by reputation for 2012. Topping the charts is Harvard University, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge in the UK. Rounding out the top five are Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley, in that order. Overall, among the top 50 universities ranked by reputation, 30 are in the US, six are in the UK, three each are in Australia and Canada, two each are in China and Japan, and one each are in Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Switzerland. THE's ranking data are the result of a survey distributed last spring.

Over at Inside Higher Ed, Kris Olds considers why THE chose to release these rankings data now, and reflects upon whether "such rankings are improving learning and research outcomes, as well as institutional innovation."

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.