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Do Not Look Directly at the Light

The Medgadget blog reports on the world's first X-ray free electron laser, recently announced by Argonne National Laboratory. The laser, hosted by Stanford, will "will emit a beam 'with a brightness that is 10 billion times greater than that of any existing x-ray source on earth,'" according to the post. That should enable it to speed up the elucidation of protein structures, among other things.

 

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.