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It'll Leave You More Time to Write Grants

Michael Barton at Bioinformatics Zen hands out some tips on when to reuse and when to write new code. Libraries already exist -- for instance, BioPerl -- that house functions for many common tasks, such as reading Fasta files or parsing Blast results. Use these to save time, and to have code that's already had its bugs ironed out. If you've got a fix to add to an existing library, he says, do it. "Contributing code first requires getting the library source code using whatever version control system (VCS) the code is managed with. This can be difficult if you're never used a VCS before, but is a good change to learn." If you have to create a new library, make it small and simple, use a version control system, document, and keep it open source.

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.