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That Looks Like a Non-Standard SNP You've Got There

Over at his Building Confidence blog, Russ Altman writes about the use of non-standard ways of referring to SNPs when they publish association studies. To end the confusion, he writes, "I think the best strategy would be to ask that authors use the identifiers from dbSNP, also called 'RS numbers.'" This would not only make life easier for database purposes, he adds, but it would also allow funding to be reallocated from tracking down SNP identifiers to more valuable projects.


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.