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Budget Advice for NIH

Blogger Steven Salzberg at the Genomics, Evolution and Pseudoscience blog has some budgeting advice for President Obama and NIH: if you want to save money, cut all funding to the two NIH centers — National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine — that research alternative medicines. Salzberg says cutting the two "pseudoscience" centers could save NIH about $240 million a year. "These two organizations use our tax dollars — and take money away from real biomedical research — to support some of the most laughably pseudoscientific claims that you can find," Salzberg says, citing, for example, NCCAM's $3.1 million study of Reiki as a healing practice. Salzberg also objects to what he calls NCCAM's spreading of "misinformation" about the effectiveness of homeopathy on its website. He says it won't be easy to get rid of these centers as they have strong support from certain members of Congress, but that his idea has received positive reviews from other members of the scientific community. The amount NIH would save would only add up to about 1 percent of its budget, Salzberg says, but it's a start.

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.