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The University of Pittsburgh has awarded J. Craig Venter the Dickson Prize for his efforts in genome sequencing, including leading efforts to sequence the first human genome and creating a living bacteria cell with synthetic DNA.

Venter is the founder of Synthetic Genomics and the J. Craig Venter Institute. He holds a PhD in pharmacology and physiology and a BS in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

The Scan

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.