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But the Gray Background and Pastel Datapoints are Iconic

On his blog, Chad Orzel grumbles about the graphs of data he receives from his students made in Excel -- the plots he receives makes it look like they collected the data improperly but "no, they did the data collection right, but were tripped up by Excel." He says that the line plots, as Excel makes them, are unsuited for scientific data, instead he says you want to use a scatter plot. Those plots present the data properly even though they are "awful in almost every other respect." He says that the latest version of Excel has made some improvements, but he's at a loss to explain why the default graph lacks axis labels.

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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.