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Just A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down

According to a new study published in Nature, adding sugar to certain antibiotics can "boost their bacteria-battling ability," says 80beats' Valerie Ross. Sugar particularly helps the drugs wipe out the bacteria that evade treatment by going dormant when antibiotics are administered, Ross adds. The study looked at E. coli and S. aureus, and combined the antibiotic gentamicin with different kinds of sugars. "When the scientists added these sweetened antibiotics to bacteria grown in Petri dishes, it killed over 99 percent of the bacterial persisters," Ross says. "The type of sugar seemed to make a difference, as well; only fructose helped the drug kill S. aureus, for instance."

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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.