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You Can't Keep Biomedicine Down

The Chronicle of Higher Education's Aisha Labi says plans to build a $1 billion biomedical institute in London are still on despite the severe cuts in public spending. The aim of the interdisciplinary institute, Labi says, is to figure out the underlying causes of some of the world's most "challenging" diseases. Those planning the center — the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, as it's called — also hope it will eventually become a training ground for Britain's scientists. Nobel Prize-winning biologist Sir Paul Nurse will become the center's first chief executive, Labi reports. It's expected to be up and running by 2015.

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.