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The Near Future?

Personalized medicine is nearly here, writes Greg Lucier, the chairman and chief executive officer of Life Technologies, in the Vancouver Sun. "Sooner rather than later, genomic sequencing will become the norm for patient care," he says. Lucier then envisions what a future visit to the doctor's office will entail: the patient is sequenced, the doctor can look up that data and the mutations it contains and prescribe a certain therapy, then the patient is re-sequenced and the doctor can adjust the treatment to account for new mutation information. "We see a future where DNA sequencing will be as commonplace as a stethoscope is today. Personalized medicine will provide hope where there was none and at the end of the day, will make life even better," he 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.