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Saving the Trouble

Bora Zivkovic rounds up a discussion he sparked the other day after posting an article that said in the Canadian grant system, the cost of preparing a grant application (C$40,000) outweighed the amount of an average grant (C$30,000). The article then suggested to give "every qualified investigator a direct baseline discovery grant of $30,000." Zivkovic discusses where the quality control would come from -- the universities who hired the scientists in the first place and colleagues at conferences and during review for publication -- and draws from another paper on the four stages of science, and says that these baseline grants would mainly go to the first stage, the innovative stage and that would be "a Good Thing."

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.