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The National Center for Biotechnology Information has launched dbVar, a database of genomic structural variations, says the National Institutes of Health. The database, found here, includes information about large-scale DNA variations found in healthy people as well as those with certain conditions, including autism and cancer. dbVar is part of an international collaboration that includes the new European Bioinformatics Institute's Database of Genomic Variants archive, orDGVa, and Toronto's Database of Genomic Variants, or DGV. A letter in this month's Nature Genetics from Deanna Church and her colleagues introducing dbVar and DGVa says that "the explosion of data from diverse structural variation studies now necessitates the development of a public data archive" and that "through these efforts, the structural variation archives promise to greatly assist all studies of genetic variation."

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.