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That's One Fancy Piece of Paper

The Guardian reports on Harvard's George Whitesides and his advances in making microfluidic paper that may be used as diagnostics that will "revolutionise third-world medical testing," the article says. The paper includes polymer-lined channels that direct minute volumes of blood to reagent-filled wells. Whitesides is quoted as saying, "I think it's going to be possible to do sophisticated biological chemistry and cell biology using these methods." The story notes that Whitesides is a co-founder of Diagnostics for All, a nonprofit group that "plans to deploy paper-based liver-function tests in Africa."

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.