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New Adviser

Mark Walport, the immunologist who heads up the Wellcome Trust, will be the next chief scientific adviser for the British government, reports Nature News. Walport will take over the post, advising the prime minister and cabinet, succeeding population biologist John Beddington next April. Nature adds that Walport "will be the first biomedical scientist in 30 years to occupy the role." Speaking about Walport's appointment, Nic Jones, chief scientist at Cancer Research UK, tells Nature: "I think it's going to be really important in terms of assuring that biomedical science is very high on the agenda in the government."

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.