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PubMed Commons has opened up further to the community, Sally Rockey, the deputy director for extramural research at the US National Institutes of Health, writes at the Rock Talk blog.

The forum and post-publication review system launched earlier this year as a pilot version open to invited participants. About a week after its launch, the National Center for Biotechnology Information noted that 1,000 had signed up and about 100 comments had been made. About half of those comments, NCBI said at the time, were back-and-forths about the paper, while others provided updated links to databases or other corrections. The PubMed Commons blog notes that several hundred comments have now been made.

Rockey adds that commenting is still limited to authors of publications found in PubMed, but the public can now see those discussions.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.