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Leaving a Lasting Mark

Researchers have found a link between the methylation state of rRNA genes in the hippocampus and suicide, reports The Scientist. People who committed suicide had highly methylated rRNA genes as compared to healthy brains, but only in the region that regulates stress hormones. The researchers, led by McGill University's Moshe Szyf, then compared the brains of suicide victims who had been abused as children to those who had not and found that the methylation patterns differed. This suggest that childhood abuse lastingly affects the brain.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.