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Penny Wise and Pound Foolish?

Over at Thoughts from Kansas, Joshua Rosenau blogs about proposed budget cuts in California that would take a toll on education, specifically science classes. "When Governor Schwarzenegger proposes boosting class sizes, then, he is proposing to consign California's students to worse employment prospects. He risks their shot at starting the next great business, of inventing the next great leap forward," Rosenau writes. "Cutting funding for science classes in particular is especially egregious. ... Given the importance of biotech and high tech to the California economy, this plan amounts to eating our seed corn."

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.