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New Winners

The 2012 winners of Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation awards include the Carnegie Institution for Science's Donald Brown and Columbia University's Tom Maniatis, reports the Associated Press, which adds that the prize is worth $250,000.

Brown and Maniatis share the special achievement award for their genetic research as well as for giving back to the scientific community. Brown established and leads the Life Sciences Research Foundation, which helps fund postdoctoral fellowships, while Maniatis developed a manual for molecular cloning that "spread revolutionary technologies into a multitude of laboratories across the world," the Lasker Foundation adds.

Other Lasker award winners include the University of Pittsburgh's Thomas Starzl and Cambridge University's Roy Calne for their efforts in developing liver transplants, and Michael Sheetz at Columbia, Stanford University's James Spudich, and Ronald Vale from the University of California, San Francisco, for their work studying cytoskeletal motor proteins.

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.