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Darwin, Light Bathroom Reading

A rare first edition copy of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" was found on a bathroom bookcase in southern England. According to the Associated Press, it is one of about 1,250 copies printed in 1859. Christie's auction house will be putting it up for sale tomorrow ad expects that it will sell for £60,000. "It's a bit odd, though, that they put the book there and no one seems to have bothered to notice it for 150 years," says PZ Myers at Pharyngula. "I am really curious to know what other books were on that toilet shelf."

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.