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FOIA and the Grant Proposals

Over the weekend, a reader wrote into DrugMonkey and PhysioProf's blog about having received a Freedom of Information Act request from an anonymous physician at another research university for a recently-funded grant. The reader writes that the grant includes unpublished data and the lab's research plan and that after trying to work out a confidentiality agreement with the petitioner, the reader's university hired a lawyer. "Imagine being forced to share your unpublished data and research plan with an anonymous colleague when you wrote the grant with the understanding it would stay confidential!" the reader writes. Commenters to the blog wonder if any aspects of the grant would be able to be redacted to protect trade secrets or the unpublished data.

Toward the bottom of the comments, the original reader updates the post to say that the request was rescinded, though the discussion carries on.

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.