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Testing Little Johnny

A recent entry on 23andMe's blog, the Spittoon, in which Joanna Mountain recounts getting her children's test results, spurred Genetic Future's Daniel MacArthur to discuss the ethics of direct-to-consumer genetic testing of children. The issue, he says, is that adults can choose if they want to know their genetic risk of diseases while children cannot, and that once some one knows something, it can't be unknown. He says he has a "pretty laissez-faire view of genetic information" and is convinced by Mountain's approach -- she only lets them look at the results under her supervision and says that the benefits outweigh the risks. However, MacArthur later adds that the current information about the genes tested can be "seriously incomplete."

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.