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Discussing Decode

It was a confluence of technology, timing, and the economy that led to Decode Genetics' filing for bankruptcy last, says this Nature News post-mortem. The article also warns that personal genomics companies, like Decode's DecodeMe, may also be in trouble as the "services are not seen as a medical necessity." At his blog, Misha Angrist adds what Daniel MacArthur characterizes as "a very brief but eloquent rant." Angrist says the Nature News article is "still trotting out the same tired tropes." He adds: "Just because something is not a medical necessity, does it follow that it is worthless?"

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.