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'Minimal Science Knowledge'

The results of a national exam show that very few students have the necessary skills or knowledge to pursue careers in science and technology, reports Christine Armario of the the Associated Press. On the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress exam, only 1 percent of fourth graders and 12th graders and 2 percent of eighth graders scored in the highest group, Armario says. Less than half were assessed as "proficient," and many more showed "minimal science knowledge," she adds. Educators, including US Education Secretary Arne Duncan, expressed dismay and said the results showed students aren't learning science at a rate that will keep the US as an international leader in the field.

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.