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Follow the Money ... and Good Luck with Those Impartiality Rules

The amount of money that biomedical researchers receive from drug companies outstrips grants from the federal government, $55 billion versus $36 billion, respectively, reports the Los Angeles Times. With this funding, drug companies build close relationships with universities and their researchers who still appear to be impartial as they serve on committees that pen treatment standards and guidelines — recommendations from which those drug companies stand to benefit. "At present, the financial ties between the guidelines panels and industry are extensive," wrote Robert Steinbrook in last January's New England Journal of Medicine.

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.