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Curing Cancer, or Draining Resources?

In a piece she writes for Newsweek, Sharon Begley says NIH's Cancer Genome Atlas "may be fatally flawed." And the price tag for TCGA means that "the atlas threatens to suck up ever-dwindling resources." The article explores the concept of the project and quotes scientists who argue that the its potential gain doesn't come close to justifying its expense.

Hey, that's a cheery thought for cancer researchers. Now back to work.

 

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.