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TB Older Than We Thought

A study led by UCL scientist Helen Donoghue has used genetic analysis of skeletons 9,000 years old to find that they were infected with tuberculosis. They are the earliest known cases of TB to be confirmed with DNA testing, and make the case for TB occurring 3,000 years earlier than thought and not having evolved from the first domesticated cattle, reports this Discover blog post.

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.