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This Week in Nature: Nov 23, 2007

In an editorial, Nature's team explains the rationale behind asking for independent verification of the primate cloning paper that has already seen lots of media attention. The editorial makes it clear that the decision to obtain second-party verification was based on past problems in the cloning arena, rather than any misgivings about the research team behind the latest paper.

In a paper, Andreas Brune describes the first metagenomic analysis of the intestinal tract of a termite. The goal of the work was to help understand the organisms that help termites turn wood into energy.

And in this news story, Nature reports on Germany's first national academy of science, based at the Leopoldina, a 350-year-old scientific academy.

 

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.