Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

EU Commissioner Steps Down

John Dalli, the European Union's health commission, resigned his post earlier this week after a fraud investigation, the Nature News Blog reports. An inquiry by the EU anti-fraud office, called OLAF, found that a Maltese businessman tried to use his contacts with Dalli to influence tobacco regulation for financial gain, the BBC adds. The Nature News Blog notes that the Olaf report has not been made publicly available, though a statement from the European Commission says that it "did not find any conclusive evidence of the direct participation of Mr. Dalli but did consider that he was aware of these events."

Dalli has denied the charges. He tells the New Europe that he was not aware of the events. "Even though the OLAF report states that there is no evidence of my direct participation in these events and that the decision making process of the Commission Services had not been influenced in any way, OLAF concluded that I was aware of these events basing themselves only on circumstantial evidence," Dalli says.

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.