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I'd Rather Be a Rodent

A story from the New York Times covers a report from the Department of Health and Human Services saying that the US Food and Drug Administration "does very little to ensure the safety of the millions of people who participate in clinical trials," according to the article. Apparently, in more than two-thirds of cases where clinical trials inspectors determined that there were serious problems, FDA officials "downgraded" the reports in ways that made those problems appear less important. The article quotes U Penn's Arthur Caplan as saying, "In many ways, rats and mice get greater protection as research subjects in the United States than do humans."


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.