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Different Realities

Thomas Mailund blogs that even though he is a geneticist who studies ape ancestry and dates speciation events, he can't understand paleontology papers. He describes looking through a few papers to determine whether the paleontological and genetic estimates of ape and human speciation match, which, as he understood from one paper has a lower bound of 18 million years ago. "So I tried actually understanding the paper... I probably failed, 'cause as far as I understand it it gives an upper bound of 20 million years ago," he writes. Mailund also quotes from John Hawks' blog: "Many years ago, I got used to the fact that paleontologists and geneticists live in separate realities."

Speaking of paleontology, McGill University's Hans Larsson told Agence France-Presse that he plans to genetically manipulate chicken embryos so that they show dinosaur traits that have long been absent in birds. Larsson's idea came about after speaking with Jack Horner, a paleontologist at Montana State University and the author of How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn't Have to Be Forever.

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.