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From the Classroom to the Picket Line

With the ongoing budget crisis in California, the chancellor's office is debating whether to revisit the contract with faculty, as the state may not be able to pay for the promised raises. Janet Stemwedel discusses a few reasons why it's difficult for university faculty members to take part in a strike. For starters, she says, teaching is a "caring profession" and that profs do take an interest in their students. She also notes that faculty are used to being squeezed, saying that years in graduate school have "warped us." "It can feel almost like we're tempting the universe to smack us down if we complain too strenuously about our compensation," she writes.

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.