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NIH 'Pushes Ahead' With NCATS

Despite objections by many in the scientific and regulatory communities, NIH says it plans to establish its new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences by October, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education's Paul Basken. While most of the center's critics agree that there are too many scientific discoveries slipping through the translational cracks, they warn that the proposed changes could endanger more than $500 million a year in "critical," existing NIH programs, Basken says. The proposed budget for NCATS is $700 million a year. Most critics of the proposed plan think NIH Director Francis Collins is moving too fast without considering the long-term impact of the reshuffling, and worry that important research will be left without NIH support. However, Collins says that the opposition comes from a fear of change, Basken adds.

The Scan

Taking Stock of the Stockpile

The US and European countries are evaluating their smallpox vaccine stockpiles as the number of monkeypox cases increases, the Washington Post reports.

Vitamin D From Tomatoes

According to Reuters, researchers in the UK have gene-edited tomatoes so their fruit contains vitamin D.

Cause Not Yet Spotted

NPR reports that a new study was unable to find a cause for persistent long COVID symptoms.

PNAS Papers on Central African Hunter-Gatherers, Myopia Development, Ancient Microtia Allele

In PNAS this week: population patterns among Central African hunter gatherers, effect of myopia-linked gene variant, and more.