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If We Were the Wagering Sort, We'd Bet on Falling Stock Prices

The UK government's genetic advisors, the Human Genetics Commission, issued a statement that genetic tests to uncover disease-risk genes are "a dangerous waste of money," according to this article in the Guardian. "Genetics experts say the kits are at best premature and at worst a waste of money." Next, the commission is expected to call for "stringent checks" on genetic testing kits before they're allowed on the market.

 

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.