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Nathan Ley says his "enthusiasm for a career in science is slowly ebbing away." In a blog post for the Guardian, the grad student says that trying to get accepted somewhere to pursue a PhD has taken a toll on his motivation to do research. Since he applied for a place in a PhD program, Ley says he has gotten nothing but rejection after rejection — and since the same thing is also happening to his friends and acquaintances, Ley says "something is, most definitely, up. Something has changed in the maze of funding systems to make it harder for your averagely bright student to gain admission for a PhD." Cutbacks in science funding definitely have something to do with it — less funding means fewer opportunities for young scientists. There is also an increased demand for places in PhD programs, Ley adds. "I do not want to resort to hyperbole, but it feels like a whole generation of would-be scientists is being snubbed. Is it really too much, in the context of bankers' bonuses, to ask for the measly sum needed to keep talented and motivated future scientists fed, housed and pursuing their chosen career?" he asks. In the end, there's only so much effort a young scientist is willing to go through before slipping away from research to find work in other industries.

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.