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Sharing the Rewards

The Convention on Biological Diversity is set to meet soon in Japan to hammer out the details of a protocol on "access and benefit-sharing," reports Scientific American, which adds that "the aim is to ensure that the benefits resulting from researching animals, plants and microorganisms, such as the invention of new medicines or enhanced genes to improve crop varieties, are 'fairly and equitably shared' among the providers and users." The article continues that there are ethical and political reasons for having such a protocol in place as it would create partnerships between developing and industrialized countries that would spur commercialization as well as protect biodiversity.

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.