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'Drug Administration' Just Has a Different Ring to It

In President Obama's naming of Margaret Hamburg and Joshua Sharfstein to the top spots at the FDA, some see a signal that the Obama administration favors splitting the FDA in two, one part to oversee drugs and the other food, according to this wire story. The article says drug company executives are in favor of the partition as they see an opening for faster drug reviews -- the FDA missed deadlines last year on an estimated 20 percent of drug applications -- and the FDA has been besieged by food safety issues that some say "have made senior officials even more risk-averse on drug approvals."

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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.