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German Gov't, Five German Shops Pledge $1.3B to Develop New Molecular Imaging Tools

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research yesterday said it has joined with German industrial partners to put aside €900 million ($1.28 billion) to develop new technologies for the molecular imaging field.
The commercial partners, Bayer-Schering Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim, Carl Zeiss, Karl Storz, and Siemens, will put up €750 million on top of the government’s €150 million to develop new contrast media, devices, and software through the six-year collaboration, called Innovation Alliance Molecular Imaging.

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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 is 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.