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If Biotech Doesn't Work, They Can Go Back to Ambiguous Ad Campaigns

It's not exactly uplifting, but this article from the Wall Street Journal reports on the fate of the pharmaceutical industry. (We'd say it places it somewhere between "embattled" and "dire.") While a number of blockbuster drugs are coming off patent, fewer and fewer drugs have gone on the market, and -- at least according to pharma execs -- FDA is getting increasingly picky about handing out approvals. None of this is news to GTO readers, of course, but it is a well researched article and has this as a virtue: it predicts that pharma salvation will lie in biotech innovation.

 

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.