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Fellowship Frenzy

The winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation genius grants were announced. Among the recipients of the $500,000 fellowship are Maneesh Agrawala at the University of California, Berkeley, Lin He, also at UC-Berkeley, and L. Mahadevan at Harvard University. Agrawala works on ways to help people visualize complex data; He studies microRNA and cancer development; and Mahadevan is a mathematician who studies the behavior of complex systems. "In the end," Mahadevan tells the Boston Globe, "it is driven by what drives all of us — curiosity."

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.