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Where Are You From?

While the debate over the utility of whole-genome sequencing in the clinic continues, it is already being used by companies for an entirely different purpose, says Nature News' Ewen Callaway — ancestry testing. Though this is not necessarily new, it is becoming more popular, with high-profile people like former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. revealing their roots after undergoing testing. "Commercial ancestry testing, once the province of limited information of dubious accuracy, is taking advantage of whole-genome scans, sophisticated analyses and ever-deeper databases of human genetic diversity to help people to answer a simple question: where am I from?" Callaway says. Companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com now offer ancestral DNA tracing services, he adds.

Some researchers say, however, that more studies of genetic diversity are needed in certain parts of the world for people to gain a complete picture of their roots. University of Pennsylvania's Sarah Tishkoff tells Callaway that it's not possible to trace ancestry to a certain area if that place has never been studied.

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.