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Focusing on the Underappreciated

At Science Progress, Estella Raulfs takes a moment to consider how to make research sustainable and begins with acknowledging the "Samaritans of science": research technicians. To stay globally competitive in science, this article argues, investment must be made to have a "sustainable and professional technical research workforce" by creating job stability, restructuring grants so that personnel and service contracts are emphasized when new equipment is being purchased, and developing degree programs for training technicians. On that last point, Raulfs says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act authorizes NSF to fund Professional Science Master's degrees to train workers "at the interface of science and business, industry, government, or communication."

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.