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Let 'Em Loose

A guest post at Olivia Judson's On the Wild Side column from Stanford's Steven Quake discusses how science is funded in the US. After start-up packages run dry, professors must earn their own as well as their students' keep through grants. Quake says running a lab is very much like running a small business, but at the cost of riskier, creative ideas being denied funding and lost. He writes that it is time to re-think how science is funded and "let scientists off their leashes."

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.