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Polls About Famous Women Scientists 'Frustrating'

Eoin Lettice at Communicate Science says that 88 is the ('frustrating') "number of the week" since it represents the percentage of "18 to 24-year-olds in Britain who could not name any female scientific figure — either current or historical," according to a recent Royal Society poll. Lettice notes that "just less than half were able to name a famous male scientist, either." The blogger says that a spokesperson for the Royal Society called the poll results "frustrating." Over at Women in Wetlands, blogger DrDoyenne says that according to a recent survey, 65 percent of Americans polled "could not name a single female scientist." Blogger biochem belle at There and (Hopefully) Back Again says that as she was drafting her mental list of famous female scientists, she realized "that I very well might not know them if I wasn't in science." She adds that "it also occurred to me just how few female scientists I've ever seen on television."

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.