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Expand the Network

With $161.3 million over the next five years, NIH plans to expand the Pharmacogenomics Research Network, the agency reports. The network had been working on linking genetic variants to cancer, heart disease, asthma, and among others and now will also include research into rheumatoid arthritis and bipolar disorder. The new awards include 14 research grants, with projects ranging from pharmacogenomics in rural areas ranging to the pharmacogenomics of mood stabilizers, as well as seven resource awards. Awardees include Kathleen Giacomini, Richard Gibbs, Deborah Nickerson, and Dan Roden.

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.