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What's Your Sign?

Doc Chaos at Southern Genes shares some sinister, Murphy's Law-inspired science "horror-scopes" for December. For Virgos, Chaos says 'tis the season — for spring cleaning. "Yeah, that means cleaning 10 years worth of baked-on agarose out of the microwave." Things don't look so great for Taurus, either: "Every single one of your conference-pen collection will mysteriously disappear this month," Chaos says. And for those Cancers, who've meticulously modified their lab protocols to prepare for a brief holiday hiatus, the cosmos apparently have other plans. "The experiments you have been planning to work around your two days off on Christmas will muck themselves up and you will have to come in to the lab anyway," Chaos playfully predicts.

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.