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If GWAS Made You Wary, Be Careful with Social Networking

In much the way scientists learned they could use minimal genotype data to identify "anonymized" individuals from pooled DNA samples, researchers have now determined that it is possible to ID anonymous users of social networking sites, according to this Technology Review article.

"The researchers wanted to see if they could extract sensitive information about individuals using just the connections between users, even if almost all of the names, addresses, and other forms of personally identifying information had been removed," the article says. "They found that they could, provided they could compare these patterns with those from another social-network graph where some user information was accessible."

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.