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On the Right Foot

The National Science Foundation may receive a 3.3 percent budget increase in 2013, reports ScienceInsider's Jeffery Mervis. Under a new bill taken up by a US Senate spending panel, the agency could receive a $240 million increase. This falls short of the $340 million bump President Barack Obama had requested for NSF, but given that the Senate panel has only $1 billion to spread around, the budget increase "still represents a remarkable show of support for the basic research agency," Mervis says. If approved, NSF's total budget would be $7.27 billion. The full Senate appropriations committee is expected to take up the proposal later this month, Mervis adds.

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.