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Wikis All Around

In PLoS Biology, Andrew Su and his colleagues report that they have laid the foundation for creating a comprehensive gene wiki, similar to the recent WikiProteins but within the general Wikipedia community. The researchers hypothesized that creating stubs with low levels of information from authoritative sources, such as Entrez Gene, would accelerate the growth of the wiki. Su tells Agence France-Press that their goal was to provide a starting point and that it is up to other scientists to keep the gene entries up-to-date. Trey at Open Helix, however, is not convinced this crowd-sourcing approach will work. "Wikipedia is doing reasonably well in 'general science', but I’m not so sure the model will work for this kind of science," he blogs.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.