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Rats.

With approaches such as zinc finger nucleases, stem cells, and transposon mutagenesis, rats are becoming more popular as lab animals, reports The Boston Globe. Mice have long been the experimental animal of choice, but there are some instances in which mice are not as good a model for human systems. The Globe notes that the Michael J. Fox Foundation has been pushing for rat models of Parkinson's disease as mice don't show the same disease symptoms as people. "To what degree the rat will replace the mouse remains to be seen," says Iva Morse, a corporate vice president for research model services at Charles River Laboratories.

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.