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Cancer Doesn't Come Cheap

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An NIH study projects that, in 2020, cancer care will cost at least $158 billion, in 2010 dollars — a 27 percent increase over what it cost to diagnose and treat the disease in 2010. In an analysis published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, NCI researchers say that if the tools being developed for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up continue to be more expensive, the projected cost could reach $207 billion. The researchers say that there is a likelihood that cancer care costs will increase as new technologies and treatments — which also raise survival rates — are developed.

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US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.