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Laying a Golden Research Egg

For many years, former Senator William Proxmire (D-WI) offered a Golden Fleece Award to government-funded scientific studies that he deemed a waste of taxpayer money, says ScienceInsider's David Malakoff. Now, Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN), other members of Congress, and several research groups plan to use Proxmire's idea with a twist by offering the newly thought-up Golden Goose Award to research projects that sound funny but have demonstrably serious implications for human health or the economy, Malakoff says. "Nominations will be reviewed by an eight-member selection committee that includes Bruce Alberts, the editor-in-chief of Science and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Burton Richter as well as university research officials," he adds. "At a press conference today in the Rayburn House Office Building, AAAS President Alan Leshner said he hoped the prize would help remind people that even seemingly offbeat studies can produce unexpected results."

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.