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New York City Subway Rats Look Tame by Comparison

Over at In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe pays homage to bacteria. Learning about antibacterial drug discovery "has given me a new respect for the nasty resilience of bacteria," he writes. "Their independent, free-living nature makes them nastier than even tumor cell lines. ... Their membranes are like armor plate compared to a lot of higher-organism cell lines, with the gram-negative organisms taking the trophy." And in case you're still not sure just how he feels about them, Lowe writes, "It’s like dealing with a swarm of tiny, self-replicating attack submarines."

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.