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Kathy Hudson to Move to NIH

Kathy Hudson, the director of Johns Hopkins Genetics & Public Policy Center, will be NIH director Francis Collins's chief of staff, reports Science Insider. As part of that job, Hudson plans to work with FDA to oversee genetic testing, which she advocated while at Hopkins.

Also, NIH is facing a lawsuit that says the new stem cell policy violates federal law, another post at Science Insider says. The suit was filed by Boston Biomedical Research Institute's James Sherley and AVM Biotechnology's Theresa Deisher and it is supported by Nightlight Christian Adoption and other groups. The filing claims that the new policy violates the Dickey-Wicker amendment. The amendment, signed by President Clinton, says that federally-funded scientist may not create human embryos for research purposes nor perform research that destroys human embryos.

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.