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A Defense of Animal Research

At Terra Sigillata, a blogger who goes by the pseudonym "Abel Pharmboy" defends the need for animal research after a recent paper criticized universities and other organizations that had increased their use of such research over the past several years. "None of my in vitro work will ever make it to human clinical trials unless animal studies are done," Pharmboy writes. "No matter how elegant the hypothesis or wizardry in the design of a drug molecule, the ultimate question from colleagues is, 'But does it work in an intact biological system (an animal)?'"

It's worth checking out the blog if only to see the cleverly done poster from the Foundation for Biomedical Research.

 

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.