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Contact Lens Solutions, Soap, Spit, and Rum

Carolyn Johnson of The Boston Globe reports on a DIYbio event, held by Mackenzie Cowell, which taught participants to isolate DNA from their saliva using contact lens solution, soap, and rum. Cowell gave participants "a quick primer on genetics, and the option to add ingredients to their DNA that would allow them to make many copies of a portion of one of two genes" which he planned to have sequenced, according to the Globe. Anna Croft, a research scientists at MIT who was in attendance, told the Globe, "It’s totally awesome. It means people can start to understand what’s going on — it’s bringing everything back to basics and making stuff a little less intimidating."

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.