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Wait, This Is Satire?

If you've already read and re-read Richard Russo's Straight Man so many times that the book's binding has come undone, you might want to give a new novel from Daniel Greenberg called Tech Transfer a try. The New York Times' Nicholas Wade calls it "a mordant satire about scientists and universities and how they do business." In the novel, the trustees of a university select a new president who "learns the folly of challenging the tenured faculty on any of their sacrosanct, non-negotiable issues," Wade says, and those untouchable issues include just about everything: pay raises every year, lenient conflict-of-interest rules, and indulgent disciplinary procedures.

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.