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Highly Coveted Manuscript

Nicholas Wade at the New York Times reports the "family feud" over Gregor Mendel's original "Experiments on Plant Hybridization" manuscript, which was first published in the journal of the Brünn Natural History Society in 1866. The paper, which has been everywhere from a wastebasket in the Brünn library to a safe deposit box in Darmstadt, is now the center of a debate between Mendel's descendants, members of the Augustinian sect — in which Mendel once served as a monk and abbot — state officials, and lawyers, the Times reports. At debate is not only the proper owner of the manuscript, but also whether "the manuscript was authentic and if it should be put on a list of cultural treasures that are not allowed to leave the state," Marion Jung of the Ministry for Science, Research and Culture of the state of Baden-Württemberg told the Times. Maria Schmidt, great-great-great-granddaughter of Veronica Mendel, told the Times, "It’s kind of sad, it could have been so wonderful, but now there is all this tension and fighting." Currently, a monk known as Father Clemens possesses the manuscript, according to the Times.

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

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