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How to Win a Trip to the Galapagos … With Science

What's the best way to get young minds interested in science? One way is to offer them really nice prizes if they come up with innovative and "creative" projects, according to Google. The company is urging "young scientists from around the world" to submit ideas for projects that are "relevant to the world today" for the Google Science Fair. The contest is open to kids from 13 to 18 years of age, working on their own or in teams of two or three, and the projects will be judged by a panel of teachers. Google is also offering the kids and their teachers access to online resources like Google Earth and Google Books to help them along. The Grand Prize is a National Geographic Expedition trip to the Galapagos, according to the project's website, and other prizes include college scholarships, a trip to CERN in Switzerland, and a subscription to Scientific American.

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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.