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A Bad Day for Hypochondriacs

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google has launched Flu Trends, a service that analyzes data on search terms like "fever" and "cough" to map where people are coming down with the flu. "The data is meaningful because the Google arm that created Flu Trends found a strong correlation between the number of Internet searches related to the flu and the number of people reporting flu symptoms," the article says.

Here at GTO, that reminds us of Ohio State's Dan Janies and his very cool flu mutation maps. Janies uses genetic variation to map which flu strains are striking particular geographic regions -- this page shows how it works with avian flu data. Perhaps these maps would make a nice complement to each other.

 

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.