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Fewer Cuts or Fewer Left to Cut?

Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline says he hopes a report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas holds. That outplacement consultancy firm says that layoffs in the pharmaceutical industry have slowed: March 2010 saw 308 cuts, which, the report says is well off last year's pace. Lowe says how you interpret the news relies on your worldview. "Perhaps there just aren't so many people to cut any more, at least not at early-2009 rates. But it may be that things have bottomed out. The real question will be whether the industry can get back to adding jobs in the US," he writes.

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 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.