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But They Won't Make You Oink

A Wall Street Journal article today profiles a former
PurdueUniversity scientist and his quest to make it big in the field of regenerative medicine. His discovery -- that a fine powder consisting of extracellular matrix harvested from pig bladders can be used to regenerate tissue -- has been recently supported by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. DARPA’s long-term goal is to enable returning soldiers to regenerate lost limbs. Sound like science fiction? Apparently the budding fields of stem-cell research and tissue engineering know no bounds.


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.