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We're Not Bragging, Are We?

The J. Craig Venter Institute announced on Wednesday that it has successfully used S. cerevisiae to assemble the genome of the Mycoplasma genitalium bacteria, says this blog post at Good Read. Initially using E. coli, they switched to yeast and found the assembly platform could build the entire genome in one step, according to a yet-to-be published PNAS study. JCVI's Clyde Hutchison says, "I am astounded by our team’s progress in assembling large DNA molecules. It remains to be seen how far we can push this yeast assembly platform but the team is hard at work exploring these methods as we work to boot up the synthetic chromosome."

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.