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Great Vats of Pond Scum

There is growing interest in using algae as a source of fuel, reports this article in the New York Times. Industrial and academic researchers developing algae, through artificial selection and engineering, that are "superalgae, highly efficient at converting sunlight and carbon dioxide into lipids and oils that can be sent to a refinery and made into diesel or jet fuel," the Times says. The risks of developing such "superalgae" are low, experts in the article say, as engineered algae wouldn't be competitive against natural algae and some companies may include suicide genes or make the algae to be "Round-up Ready." "Nothing will go into the drains, Mr. Mayor," Craig Venter said at a San Diego ribbon-cutting ceremony. "San Diego is safe."

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.