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Hurry Up, The Academic Year Started Months Ago

The US State Department is trying to speed up the visa process for graduate students and postdocs coming in from abroad. The delays in the granting process -- which can be months -- have left graduate and post-doctoral spots unfilled and have discouraged scientific meetings from being held in the US, reports the New York Times. "It is more important than ever that we remove unnecessary impediments to collaborative innovation and technical advancement," says John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. A State Department official says that they are working on the backlog and eventually will handle visa requests within two weeks.

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.