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The Liability Angle

Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is looking into whether there are any liability issues associated with personalized medicine, reports The National Law Journal. "Liability is likely to be an increasingly important driver of personalized medicine, but it can be a double-edged sword," say Gary Marchant, who is leading the project. He adds that liability could be a benefit if it drives doctors to take patients' genetic information into account, but it could also be detriment if it leads doctors to order genetic tests to protect themselves.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.