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Who Knows Why People Do What They Do...

In the New York Times, op-ed columnist David Brooks says that as scientists find out more about the interaction of genes and behavior, they are becoming more and more modest or, in his words, "anti-Frankensteins." Human behavior seems to be difficult to unravel through genetics, he says, since genes linked to behaviors, and there could be hundreds, only have small associations. "For a time, it seemed as if we were about to use the bright beam of science to illuminate the murky world of human action," writes Brooks. "Science finds itself enmeshed with social science and the humanities in what researchers call the Gloomy Prospect, the ineffable mystery of why people do what they do."

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.