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Empowering Women, Empowering Science

Women are now catching up to men in the upper ranks of science, Discover magazine reports. In 2009, five of the 13 Nobel Laureates were women and in that same year, women earned more than half of the doctorates awarded in the US. But women remain underrepresented in their fields and are still finding it difficult to gain equal treatment. Discover's Sheril Kirshenbaum recently sat down with four leading female scientists to ask them about how the research community can begin to "bridge the gap" and make the most of the women working in science. Shirley Malcolm, head of the directorate for education and human resources at AAAS, told Kirshenbaum that gender discrimination isn't just a problem for women, but for families and institutions as well, and that it's important for institutions to accommodate family life for both men and women. Yale's Joan Steitz said that while men and women have a nearly equal success rate in getting NIH grants, women tend to ask for less money and resources than men do, on average. MIT's Sara Seager told Discover that it's important for female scientists to find peer support groups and mentors, and above all to be "assertive" and "have confidence."

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.