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This Week in Nature: Jun 21, 2007

A group from the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Portland cloned monkey stem cells, according to this news report. In their not-yet-published work, researchers replaced the nucleus of unfertilized money eggs with skin cell nuclei.

The British government withdrew its bid for Charles Darwin's house and surrounding area to become a World Heritage site after the proposal was unfavorably reviewed. The bid will be reintroduced in two years, according to this news article.

Nature this week has a supplemental section on DNA replication and repair. Check these pages out to brush up on telomeres and repeats or to review oxidative DNA damage repair and chromatin dynamics.

Ronald DePinho and his colleagues show that human and mouse tumors undergo similar processes as they turn malignant. Through comparative oncogenomic studies, they found that mouse model systems engineered to be chromosomally instable undergo changes that are also seen in human solid tumors and, they say, these findings support using the mouse system to model human cancer.

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.