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A Gene for Language Impairment

As part of a study of specific language impairment, a developmental disorder, researchers found a candidate gene for reading disability. In the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Mabel Rice from the University of Kansas and her colleagues report on a genetic linkage study of 322 people, 86 probands, 134 siblings, and 102 parents or other relatives. "In particular, KIAA0319 appears to play a role in the shared variance in speech, language, and reading phenotypes," the researchers write. Anthropology.net points out that KIAA0319 has already been associated with dyslexia.

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.