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Happy Open Access Day

It's Open Access Day and people all over are discussing why they favor open access. Neil Saunders says there are a lot of reasons that scientific and medical research should be open access. He writes:

(i)The world pays for the research and shouldn't have to pay again to view the results. (ii) Scientists should be accountable - exactly what are we doing with your tax dollars? (iii) When information is free, many eyes can look at it and many eyes = more ideas than fewer eyes.

Jonathan Eisen, open access advocate extraordinaire, posted a video of a talk he gave at the University of Washington in which he discusses, among other topics, what convinced him to go open access.

 

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.