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Sometimes, It's Just Good Genes

Geneticists at Washington University School of Medicine have confirmed a link between the gene CHRM2, and performance IQ.  Variations within the gene have been correlated with small differences in performance IQ scores.  While it’s not to be dubbed an “intelligence gene,” CHRM2 rather activates brain signaling pathways that influence IQ.  Interesting to note, the research was part of a larger study on alcoholism, and the DNA was gathered from people who had been treated for alcohol dependence and members of their families.

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.