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Behind the Scenes

At the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Genomics and Health Impact blog this week, Muin Khoury — who directs the agency's Office of Public Health Genomics — describes "a day in the invisible life of public health genomics." Khoury narrates a hypothetical workday for a fictitious woman, who, like most of the public, he says, does not "realize that public health is at work to help make sure that genomic technologies are used to benefit all people." For example, when the woman wakes up to hear the newscaster announce the day's forecasted air quality, she may not realize that beyond monitoring how pollutants affect one's physiology, "public health researchers are also studying how such levels are affected by genetic factors and are developing programs to cut down on pollutants based on such knowledge," Khoury says.

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.