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Goodbye, Google Labs

Google recently announced that it will terminate its Google Labs project — a Web site where the public could test early-stage projects for possible development, says Technology Review's Kristina Bjoran. Some of Google's most successful features, like Google Maps and Gmail, have come out of Google Labs. On the other hand, Bjoran says, the recently terminated Google Health was also a Labs project. Most of the 56 projects "left hanging" on Google Labs will likely fade away, she adds, though some few interesting ideas may be developed.

Of the more interesting projects are Google Body — which gives users 3-D access to the human form and allows them to peel away anatomical layer by anatomical layer and zoom into specific body parts and organs — and Google Public Data Explorer — which allows users to work with and manipulate large data sets and visualize the information with charts, graphs, and with other means, Bjoran says.

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 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.