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A Good Surprise

Toronto's The Star speaks with Shinya Yamanaka who recently received the 2009 Canada Gairdner Award for his work on induced pluripotent stem cells. In it, Yamanaka recounts how surprised they were when their method worked. "We thought it would be much more difficult. But as it turns out, all we need are four factors," he says. Yamanaka will also be collaborating with University of Toronto researchers on iPS work.

Alex Palazzo at Transcription and Translation points out other articles featuring Yamanaka and wonders if he is the "George Clooney of science."

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.