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The Dark Lady of DNA, Onstage

A new play opening in Hollywood, called "Photograph 51," will focus on the role of Rosalind Franklin in the discovery of the structure of DNA, reports SciAm.com. The play covers events from 1951 to 1953, including when Maurice Wilkins shows James Watson the X-ray diffraction photograph that Franklin took showing the shape of DNA. Director Simon Levy says that Franklin's character is "very self-assertive and determined, a work-ethic driven woman trying to establish herself in what was then a very male-dominated world" and is "a brilliant scientist but sort of socially inept [who] has difficulty dealing with her strength and her spirit."

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.