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In Honor of DNA Day

Since today is National DNA Day, the American Society of Human Genetics announced the winners of this year’s essay contest. One first-place winner, an 11th grader from Michigan, said she would focus on the pharmacogenomics of bipolar disorder if she were a genetics researcher. The other first-place winner, a 9th grader from Maryland who wrote on a separate topic, sees the future of medicine in personalized chips containing complete genetic profiles.

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.