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Is It Time for a Coffee Break Yet?

Odyssey at Pondering Blather discusses his distaste for data-mining bioinformatics talks and poster presentations. The underlying issue, the blogger suggests, is that many bioinformatics-based projects suffer from "a lack of imagination and a disconnection from the underlying biology." This could be partly because the field is "still at a stage where method development trumps method application," Odyssey says. In a comment to this post, blogger Prof-like Substance says that his "impression is that there are very few individuals who have been 'brought up' at the intersection of biology and computer science/math in the way that allows for the really meaningful integration of them."

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.