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Two hundred fake DNA testing kits have been intercepted by the Australian Post, reports WAToday, an online newspaper for Western Australia. The kits include a cotton swab in a sealed bag and a letter containing outlandish claims. "DNA model may be configured, even positioned and programmed, for stunning success, physical and mental health, affluence," it says. The letter then asks for $39.99 and credit card and personal information. Anne Driscoll, the Consumer Protection Commissioner, tells WAToday that "clearly these kits are a scam and an attempt to receive money for what is a worthless and dubious service."

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.