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Open Access and the Great IP Debate

Here's a story from the Columbia Spectator on a panel discussion of how intellectual property should be regulated. According to the article, John Sulston "[complained] that too much private funding tends to 'short circuit' research by subjugating scientific discovery to the short-term profit motive." Fellow panelist Harold Varmus got to stump for open access, "explaining that scientists’ collective obsession with publishing their work in prestigious journals has led to a biased system that only publicizes a small subset of useful scientific results," the article says. Varmus also noted that PLoS, which he cofounded, would be "fiscally self-sustaining" by 2010.

Want more? Over at his blog, Jonathan Eisen alerts readers that Varmus will be a guest on the Daily Show tonight.

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.