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Researchers Honored

President Obama announced the winners of this year's National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education's Paige Chapman. Two of this year's science medal winners were honored for their work on prions — Stanley Prusiner, director of the Institute for Neurogenerative Diseases at UCSF, who coined the term "prion", and Susan Lindquist, an MIT biology professor and Whitehead Institute member, who discovered how protein folding leads to neurological disorders. The other winners of the science medal include various researchers in the fields of chemistry, physics, neuroscience, mathematics, and atmospheric research, Chapman adds. The three researchers who won the technology medal were honored for their contributions "that improve either the nation's work force or its environmental or social well-being," Chapman says.

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.