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Roadside Biotech

The canola plant is a biotech crop that is also becoming a weed — and one that may be resistant to common herbicides, reports the New York Times' Green blog. A graduate student at the University of Arkansas, Meredith Schafer, sampled canola plants growing along 3,000 miles of roads in North Dakota and found that about 80 percent of them were genetically engineered: some were Roundup Ready, others Liberty Link, and two were resistant to both. The plants are thought to get to the roadside by seeds blowing over from fields or off of trucks carrying the crops. "Because about 90 percent of the U.S. and Canadian canola crop is biotech, it is reasonable to expect a survey of roadside canola to show similar levels of biotech plants," said Tom Nickson, the environmental policy leader at Monsanto in a statement.

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.