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Investing in DNA

When it comes to investing, sometimes thinking small is best, says Forbes' Yuval Bar-Or. Progress in technology and innovative products associated with DNA sequencing and the human genome could mean investment opportunities. As the $1,000 (or cheaper) genome approaches, the implications are "at once wondrous and disturbing," says Bar-Or, who hold investments in Illumina and Life Technologies. "Ongoing discoveries will usher in a new age of gene-based products and services. Savvy investors will undoubtedly reap rich rewards," he adds. Even considering the possible ethical and legal challenges that will ensue as technology becomes more and more advanced, it's doubtful that these problems will slow the growth of companies that manufacture the technology, Bar-Or says.

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.