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Getting Bacteria to Eat More

Tech Review spotlights work in Anthony Sinskey's lab on Rhodococcus opacus, a soil microbe that can eat sugars and toxins, related to biofuels. Sinskey and his colleagues have sequenced the bacteria's genome and mapped its genes to its metabolic pathways in hopes that they can learn how it is so efficient at producing tryacylglycerols, which can be converted to biodiesel. They have also engineered a Rhodococcus strain so it can feed on glucose and xylose, and another that eats a biodiesel production byproduct, glycerol. "I don't think I'm far behind lots of companies that have lots of publicity in this area," Sinskey says. "I think in two to three years I will have a robust process."

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.