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Given the Green Light

Construction on the £500 million UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation has been approved, reports Nature's The Great Beyond. The multi-disciplinary UKCMRI will employ about 1,250 scientists and is being led by Nobel Prize winner Paul Nurse. In addition to biologists, chemists, and physicists, Nurse plans to recruit computer scientists, doctors, engineers, mathematicians, and nurses to the center, Science adds. The building of UKCMRI came into doubt when nearby residents in north London's Camden borough became concerned about pathogens and the size of the building, however the local council voted last week to allow the construction. According to the Wellcome Trust, which founded UKCMRI along with the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK , and University College London, work on the building will commence in the spring, and it is slated to be done by 2015.

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.