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Breaking Up (With Perl) is Hard To Do

Omics! Omics! blogger Keith Robison waxes sentimental in this post about his long history of using Perl to program mostly graphical interface tools. Starting out with Perl 4, moving his way through Java, Perl 5, and now, to keep up with industry trends, Python and C#, he talks about the pluses and minuses of each language as they pertain to bioinformatics.

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.