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Was Darwin the World's First Blogger?

Blogger Neil Saunders at What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate points out the launch of a website that contains the text of some 5,000 of Darwin's letters, written around the time of the Beagle voyage and during the years around the 1859 publication of Origin of Species. The main feature of the Darwin Correspondence Project is that the letters are complete and searchable on the website.

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.