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Now That's Dedication

MIT's Eric Alm and his graduate student Lawrence David are delving into what The Scientist politely calls the "number two-ome" and their samples are coming from themselves. In addition to all their samples, they are also measuring about 100 other metrics such as their blood pressure, diet, and mood to see how gut microbial communities change over time and in response to daily life. Once Alm and David have six to 12 month's worth of samples, Arne Materna, a postdoc in the lab, will begin the sequencing phase to determine the 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequence of the bacteria of the "number two-ome."

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.