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Nature Conjured This One Up All on Her Own

Perhaps trying to keep the Jenny McCarthys of the world at bay, the World Health Organization took time out to announce that "the swine flu virus did not result from a laboratory accident" despite "rumors started by an Australian virologist," according to the New York Times. WHO Deputy Director Keiji Fukuda is quoted as saying, "We took this very seriously. ... But the evidence suggests that this is a naturally occurring virus, not a laboratory-derived virus."

In other public health news, President Obama named New York City Health Department Commissioner Thomas Frieden to head up the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rich Bessler, who has been acting director, will go back to his normal job of overseeing the Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, the Los Angeles Times 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.