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If There's No Way to Get Rid of Cockroaches, Why Not Make Them Useful?

An essay in today's New York Times reflects on the recently proven ability to encode, inject, and store information in an organism's genome. "The feat ... was a demonstration of DNA as the ultimate information storage material, able to withstand floods, terrorism, time and the changing fashions in technology," writes Dennis Overbye. Next up could be storing information in cockroaches or even humans. But what about the changes that occur over time in a genome? As the article points out, there are plenty of technical hurdles with the archiving concept.


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.