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This Week in Nature: Aug 23, 2007

In Nature today, a news piece reports that biology postgraduates in the United States face greater competition for tenure than ever before. Data compiled by FASEB shows that since 1981, the percentage of US biomedical PhDs with tenure or tenure-track jobs dropped from 45 percent to just below 30 percent. A related editorial bemoans the future prospects for many receiving doctoral degrees.

A news feature details the findings of researchers at UCSF, who have recently published that a certain miRNA works not only to repress translation, but also to enhance it. Their work has the potential to open the field up, against the wishes of some of its founding "fathers," who question the results' validity.

Biologists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, have mapped out all the protein-protein interactions for the Clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME) pathway. Their research points out that all the major protein interactions for CME can be organized as a pathway protein "interactome," which allows one to identify the key "hubs" and where they work along the pathway.


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.