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In Memoriam

Nobel Prize winner Thomas Weller died August 23 at his home in Massachusetts, reports the New York Times. He was 93. Weller specialized in tropical medicine and won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1954 with two colleagues for their work applying tissue culture research to studying viruses that enabled the development of the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines. Weller later studied schistosomiasis, varicella zoster viruses, and the German measles.

Chris Curtis' colleagues remember his work as a medical entomologist. Curtis worked on developing ways to control insect vectors for tropical diseases such as malaria and elephantiasis. He also developed mathematical models of insecticide resistance that are still being used. Curtis was 63 and had cancer.

 

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.