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Ethics in Publishing

There's been chatter about conflicts of interest lately and adding to it is an editorial from the PLoS Medicine team outlining five ways journals can combat the effects of conflict of interest. One not-so-obvious one is to not only have the authors declare their competing interests, but to have the editors declare them as well. The list also includes looking beyond commercial interests to the promotion of a particular research program or idea, watching out for ghostwriting, asking authors for their original protocols (particularly for clinical trials), and realizing that unexciting papers can nevertheless be important. The editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal, Fiona Godlee, told Science Insider that "it's a good editorial, pulling together issues that have been well aired before but which remain important, and it's excellent that PLoS is championing ethical publishing in this way."

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.