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Regulation Needs Some Heft

Regulatory science needs to be improved and given more strength, says Margaret Hamburg, the new FDA director. Blogger Michael Christel at R&D Direction Insider covered Hamburg's keynote address to the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society meeting and he writes that any changes "must be fully embraced in academic, industry, and government circles." Hamburg added, "We cannot afford to have a muscular investment in fundamental research and discovery but only a scrawny counterpart in regulatory capacity. Our efforts will be seriously compromised if we don't convincingly increase the sophistication of our regulatory science soon."

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.