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Want to Spare Science Funding? Invite a Pol to Your Lab

John Porter, the Republican former US Representative from Illinois, tells Nature Medicine that researchers looking to spare science funding from the federal budget 'chopping block' ought to "get their member of Congress into their laboratory to see what they’re doing, because once they connect how the research can make a difference in human health, they’ll be invested in it." If that's not possible, Porter suggests writing an op-ed to demonstrate the importance of their work. Better yet, he adds, "go to the candidates’ debate, raise the questions, make them accountable, make them understand the importance of medical research."

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.