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Potential Culprits: Vaccines, Bad Mothers, and Witchcraft

The Wall Street Journal this weekend included a piece from Roy Richard Grinker, a professor at George Washington University. Grinker writes about testimony he's been listening to lately on autism, pointing out the significant disconnect between what people perceive to be the cause of the disorder and what science has actually proven so far. You're not going to find info here on large-scale biology or even any references to the fabled 'omics, but Grinker's case that science is increasingly at odds with popular opinion (thanks largely to websites that pass on beliefs with seeming authority) is certainly worth some contemplation.


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.